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Last Updated: Saturday, 29 April 2006, 07:54 GMT 08:54 UK
War escapers and evaders reunited
The Allied forces' heroic escapers and evaders will be back behind barbed wire in a World War II prisoner of war (PoW) camp in North Yorkshire this weekend.

The largest reunion of those involved in the escape lines during the conflict is taking place at Malton's Eden Camp museum from Saturday.

The award-winning museum is an original PoW camp built in 1942.

Civilians who helped Allied forces escape from Nazi-occupied Europe during the war will also be there.

The reunion is organised annually by the WWII Escape Lines Memorial Society (ELMS), which aims to help the men and women who risked their lives for allied escapers and evaders in the cause of freedom.

As part of the event a new Helper Memorial will be unveiled by the Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Lord Crathorne.

The memorial is made up of two large rocks - weighing more than 11 tons in total - which ELMS organised to be brought back from the Pyrenees.

European civilians who helped to hide, feed and escort evaders and escapees down the escape lines will join more than 150 Allied service personnel at the event.


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