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Child evacuee back at Glossop Station, 82 years after first visit

Glossop Station had a special visitor last week, a child evacuee who first came to the town more than 80 years before.  

Alma Mingay arrived in Glossop from Lowestoft along with 600 other children on June 2nd, 1940, 82 years ago, and spent five years in the town with her host family.

Alma returned to Lowestoft at the end of the Second World War but has continued to visit over the years to see family and friends, travelling on this occasion with her son Steve.

In 2017 Alma, along with the late Bryan Howard, unveiled a commemorative plaque at Glossop Station, at an event organised by Friends of Glossop Station (FoGS), to celebrate the ongoing links between the people of Glossop and Lowestoft.

Neil Williams, chair of FoGS, met up with the pair and said: “It was poignant listening to Alma as she showed her son Steve around the station and shared her memories of her arrival all those years ago. COVID restrictions over the last two years have meant these trips could not take place, so this visit was extra special.”

An informal gathering of former Lowestoft evacuees is planned for June 4th this year in the restored Parcels Office Community Space at Lowestoft Station.

Find out more about the work of Friends of Glossop Station on their website here.