The Secret of Slapton Sands

D-Day 6th June 1944

There will be an event at SANDOWN ZOO on the Isle of Wight this weekend 6th/7th June. Wartime planners knew that following D-Day – June 6, 1944 – Allied forces would need vast quantities of petroleum to continue the advance into Europe. Allied leaders also knew that petroleum tankers trying to reach French ports would be vulnerable to Luftwaffe attacks.

To prevent fuel shortages from stalling the Normandy invasion, a top-secret “Operation PLUTO” – Pipe Line Under The Ocean – became the Allied strategy. It would fuel victory and help change the petroleum industry.

Visit the PLUTO Room at Sandown Zoo, and the D-Day Exhibition at beautiful Shanklin Chine to see just how important the Isle of Wight was to the Allied Invasion.

Read about the secret rehearsals for D-Day –
The Kid on Slapton Beach

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Slapton Sands Exercise Tiger

28th April 1944
It’s still dark on the beach

THE KID ON SLAPTON BEACH

It rumbled suddenly into Harry’s dream. Something loud and threatening and dangerous. He woke with a start, for a moment surprised to find darkness and soft dry sand around him, the familiar sound of waves swishing on the shore; dragging, draining out, splashing in again, and pebbles skittering around in the foam. It sounded like the sea breathing.

Whatever woke him wasn’t the sea. Through the rock windows he saw nothing except pale, shifting shingle and silver light stretching into the milky moon bay. But far out, blurred by a delicate shroud of sea mist, a throbbing orange glow was spreading out along the dark horizon. Bright bursts of light suddenly illuminated the night sky followed by another low thudding sound.

Out in the bay were dark shapes, ships, and then as first light crept into the sky, flat wide boats were racing in…

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The Kid on Slapton Beach
ISBN 978-0-9535123-2-4
published by Wight Diamond Press

HOLD TIGHT is unputdownable!

Michelle Magorian, author of Goodnight Mr Tom says:

HOLD TIGHT is unputdownable! It is like a novel and a screenplay rolled into one. I could see the depressing, run down areas around Southampton and I desperately wanted WPC Velalley to find Angie. I could feel the pain of the young mother and I was nauseated by the locust-like journalists. I was drawn into Velalley’s exhausting juggling of career, marriage and child care, and felt the frustration of the police when they appeared to be getting no where…
HOLD TIGHT had me on the reading equivalent of being on the edge of my seat. It is so good. I wish there was a TV Company in Southampton who could adapt it.
Fantastic!

HOLD TIGHT – A brand new story

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From the author of THE KID ON SLAPTON BEACH, a brand new story

HOLD TIGHT
by Felicity Fair Thompson

A missing child somewhere out there in the darkness… no mother should have to wait alone. And what if…

In a race against time WPC Jane Velalley must use all her energy and wits and still hold tight to everything she loves and values most herself. Child Protection – it’s a tough job. Could you do it?

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ISBN 9780953512331
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First comment: Just finished the new book – what a cracker! I couldn’t put it down. Beautifully crafted and really perceptive descriptions.

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Churchill’s words

The Secret of Slapton Sands

Extract From The Kid on Slapton Beach
ISBN 978-0-9535123-2.4
Twelve year old Harry is one of three thousand people leaving the Devon coast, but why do they all have to go?

The wireless was on now and Harry could smell the cooked soup. He opened his bedroom door a crack. His little sister was fast asleep. His mother was curled up on the sofa by the wireless. He wondered if she might be crying. He wanted to go out there and sit beside her and listen with her like Daddy used to, so she wouldn’t be by herself. Instead he took the bowl of soup from the floor beside his door and pulled back inside. He sat on his bed eating it. It was warm and delicious and comforting. Afterwards he lay on the bed watching the shadows on the wall in the lamp light and looking at the photograph of his dad.
He could hear the hum of the wireless and Mr Churchill was saying:

We did not undertake this task because we had counted the cost, or because we had carefully measured the duration. We took it on because duty and honour called us to it, content to drive on until we have finished the job.

This book is beautiful. You can’t stop reading even though you don’t want it to end.  Actress June Brown – Dot Cotton in East Enders
Superb on so many levels. A wonderful book! Michelle Magorian, author of ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’

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BBC Online News Devon

WW2 Survivors Tales of Covered Up Disaster – Claire Jones
Such an interesting on-line article about a British millionaire Kevin Wheatcroft planning to restore one of the German E-boats that attacked the rehearsal for D-Day Convoy off Slapton Sands – well worth reading!

The disaster of D-Day rehearsal Exercise Tiger at Slapton was one of the best-kept secrets of WW2.

THE KID ON SLAPTON BEACH
Published by Wight Diamond Press
978-0-9535123-2-4
‘A jewel!’ says Actress June Brown – Dot Cotton in East Enders ‘A wonderful book!’ Michelle Magorian, author of ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’

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20th December 1943

Imagine leaving home at Christmas with nowhere to go.

By 20th December back in 1943 three thousand people on the Devon coast had to leave their homes, their farms, their businesses, their lives – just pack up and go, and without knowing why.

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This book is beautiful. You can’t stop reading even though you don’t want it to end. I understood and cared about these people, families who reacted to a true historical event. I wanted to know what happened next. A jewel!
Actress June Brown – Dot Cotton in East Enders

Superb on so many levels… I couldn’t put it down. I can see the landscape, feel its texture, smell it. And I can see twelve year old Harry, and all those villagers and their struggles. It’s powerful. I found myself close to tears when I read it and smiling too. A wonderful book!
Michelle Magorian, author of ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’