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Tough's Boatyard and the Little Ships

Monday 21st May

The Lensbury Club
Minnehaha now Thamesa (Association of Dunkirk Little Ships)

The Teddington Society invite everyone to join them at the Beaumont Room at The Lensbury, on Monday 21st May at 7.30pm, when John Tough, seventh generation of the Teddington family of boatbuilders, will give a talk entitled Tough’s Boatyard and the Little Ships.

In addition, Mike Pemberton – Society member, local singer and songwriter – will perform a ballad he’s written about the heroic Little Ships, accompanied by an archive film showing the epic WW2 evacuation in which Teddington played a vital part.

John’s grandfather, Douglas, was responsible for gathering together more than 100 small craft to take part in the evacuation of British, French and Belgian troops trapped on the beaches of Dunkirk in 1940. Later called ‘The Miracle of Dunkirk’, some 300,000 troops were ferried out by little ships to the larger Navy vessels and brought home to safety. John will describe the history of his unique family and their extraordinary contribution to life in Teddington.

The evening is open to all. Tickets cost £5 and include a complimentary glass of wine. Apply to the Teddington Society Treasurer at email sally.howland@btinternet.com or telephone 020 8977 9404.

The photo above is from the archive of the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships.

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