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UNIQUE ISLAND TALE TO BE EXPLORED AT CHARITY BREAKFAST

Date: Nov 21,2018

A little-known aspect of the Island's wartime history will be explored at next week’s Author’s Breakfast.

The fascinating story of women’s internment in Port Erin and Port St Mary will be highlighted by Professor Hugh Davidson, one of the authors of the recently released book ‘Friend or Foe?’

There are a handful of tickets remaining for the event, which will be held at Mount Murray Golf Club at 9.30am on Monday 26th November.

Professor Davidson has agreed to be the guest speaker after non-fiction author Simon Garfield was unable to travel to the Island.

Manx Blind Welfare Society Volunteers Coordinator & Events Organiser Debbie Thomson said: ‘Port Erin and Port St Mary were the only all-female internment camps in the whole of Europe during World War Two and played a unique part in the Island’s history.

‘There was a perimeter fence around both villages so locals and internees within the barbed wire got to know each other very well.

‘Hugh has an informative story to tell of locals sharing the south of the Island with so-called "enemy aliens".’

Awarded an MBE for services to charities and the Isle of Man community, Professor Davidson’s philanthropic work has covered many continents and included projects to educate street children, train teachers in tribal areas in Vietnam and create women’s enterprise groups in Bangladesh and India.

Debbie added: ‘Hugh is coming out of retirement for this special presentationand we’re really looking forward to welcoming him as our guest.

‘The breakfast is a highly anticipated event and will raise all-important funds for the work we do on the Island.’

Professor Davidson will be raising money for the Rushen Heritage Trust charity through sales of the book, which he and fellow Trust volunteers compiled over a four year period.

Manx Blind Welfare Society looks after the interests of and provides support and services to over 500 blind and visually impaired people in the Isle of Man, relying entirely on fundraising, donations and legacies.

Tickets for the Author’s Breakfast, which cost £25 including a full English breakfast, are available by calling 674727 or emailing events@mbws.org.im.