Residents attend The Great Escape exhibition in Hornchurch
PUBLISHED: 10:00 26 March 2019
Residents turned out at the weekend to have a look around a special exhibition in Hornchurch commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Second World War’s famous great escape breakout.
The exhibition held at the Ingrebourne Valley Visitors Centre told the story of the daring escape from Stalag Luft III on March 24, 1944, and also featured signed film posters, programmes, original film soundtrack LPs and singles, and stills from the classic 1963 movie starring Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, James Garner and Charles Bronson.
Rainham historian Richard C. Smith told the Recorder: “The exhibition was very well attended by the public throughout the day; who showed great interest in the displays we had set out.
“These included original items from some of the Prisoners of War who had been involved in the escape from Stalag Luft III on 24th March 1944, including the connection with RAF pilots from Hornchurch.
“One of the most looked pieces was the personal items of Flight Lieutenant Keith Ogilive, who was one of the last escapees out of the tunnel before the Germans discovered the breakout.
“Members of the public also viewed two documentaries during the day, one telling the story of the escape, the other the making of the film.
“It was a fantastic day with some people travelling from far afield including Brighton. A thank you also goes out to the staff at the centre for all their help with this event.”
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