Ashford Hill with Headley Church Fete held
6 Jun 2009
Tadley Concert Brass
Tadley Concert Brass
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The annual Ashford Hill with Headley fete was held at the Headley Recreation Ground, raising funds for the two local churches, and for the Scouts and Guides.

Opening the fete on the 65th anniversary of D-Day, Sir George read out part of the message which General Eisenhower delivered at the nearby Greenham Common Airbase to the Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Force. (see below)

Tadley Concert Brass provided the live music; there was a display of old military vehicles; scouts cleaned the cars of that needed this attention; and Heather Taylor organised the dog competition.

"Mike Hensman and his team put on a great show."

D-Day Order speech by Dwight Eisenhower

You will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.

Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped, and battle-hardened. He will fight savagely.

But this is the year 1944. Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41.

The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeat in open battle man to man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground.

Our home fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men.

The tide has turned.

The free men of the world are marching together to victory. I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty, and skill in battle.

We will accept nothing less than full victory.

Good luck, and let us all beseech the blessings of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.

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