The Dickensians are renowned for keeping themselves to themselves, so it was only a matter of time before somebody came up with the bright idea of publishing a magazine 'for Broadstairs, by Broadstairs'. The Broadie is an amusing little number, kind of like a print version of this blog, but nowhere near as good of course. I guess it enables the inhabitants of Thanet's sleepiest town to go on pretending they have nothing to do with the rest of the island, and that they are in fact located somewhere in Dorset.
Anyhoo, David Chamberlain, who writes for The Broadie, has sent the following appeal to Thanet's premier blog:
I have been asked to write a one off article for the November edition, Armistice Day. My brief is to interview three ex:service people of Army, Airforce & Navy and I thought I might add a slight spin and seek veterans from Korea or the Malaysian Emergency, Northern Ireland, Suez, Falklands War, Berlin Airlift, Aden, Gulf War 1 or 2, [Iraq] or Afghanistan as a lot has been written about vet's of WW1 & WW2 (not that I suppose there are any WW1 vets alive in Thanet). The persons interviewed need to be resident of Broadstairs. I will consider vet's of WW2 but maybe place only one in the article so the others get a look too if there are any there. I'd also like to interview a woman who served in one of them three services during any of the hostilities about her experiences. I can't offer any payment but maybe a bottle of something may help oil the vocal chords. Anyone? (P/s Merchant Navy too).
So, if anyone out there's got a tale of derring-do (or even of peeling spuds), do email David at firstname.lastname@example.org