West Bay Discovery Centre, West Bay, Bridport, DT6 4EN.

Got any gum, chum?

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It is hard to imagine the impact that 200 plus fit young men with their strange accents had on the close-knit, war-weary folk of Bridport Harbour, but there are still a number of people, children during the Second World War, who remember the time the GIs were billeted in West Bay from November 1943 to June 1944.

Arthur Watson’s family moved to West Bay in 1939. ‘Got-any-gum, chum?’ on Wednesday 8th May at 7.30pm at the Salt House, is an opportunity to hear some of his childhood memories of life in war-time West Bay; including living alongside the GIs. The audience are invited to ask questions and share their own memories and stories. Tickets are just £3, available from the Discovery Centre, the Tourist Information Office or on the door.

On the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, our special exhibition, ‘Warm Beer and Cabbages’, is running until the last week of June and tells the story of the American Servicemen in the area and the first day on Omaha beach.


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