In the summer of 2017, Weymouth’s Mayor arrived to open our Teddy Bear’s Picnic via jeep complete with out riders.
Radipole gardens was invaded by American troops.
(Courtesy of the D Day Centre Castletown Portland)
You might well wonder what connection there could possibly be between these two.
In fact there is a big connection…and one we’re still researching.
We’re collecting as many people’s living memories as we can.
These will add an important dimension to our new Heritage Cafe in the play park area.
During WWII the Americans stealthily infiltrated the countryside and towns of Dorset ready for the Big Push.
Weymouth and the surrounding area played host to many of these young men.
A corps was encamped at the far end of Radipole park.
We have gathered a few personal memories of them being there…but would love to collect more.
Do you remember the young men billeted in the park?
Maybe you have your own stories to tell of playing there as a child, or being given illicit American goodies to take home to Mum for that Sunday treat.
If you do…please contact us so we can record them before they disappear into the midsts of time.