To mark the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Batterie Lothringen Command bunker by the CIOS, all the complexes at Noirmont in the care of the Society were open to the public on Sunday 25th June free of charge.
A range of Occupation archive material and photographs were on display in the Command bunker, along with some substitute foods for visitors to try including; parsnip and acorn coffee, carrot tea, milk biscuits, carrot jam and various Occupation recipe cakes.
There was lots of media attention, with features in the Jersey Evening Post, pieces on BBC Radio Jersey and Facebook. This all helped to attract a lot of visitors. Two guests who attended were His Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor of Jersey, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, and Lady Dalton.
After meeting all the society helpers, Sir Stephen Dalton, Lady Dalton and Justin Oldridge, Chief of Staff to the Lieutenant-Governor, had a guided tour of the Command bunker before looking through the archive material and sampling some Occupation substitute food.
Sir Stephen and Lady Dalton were most impressed, not just with the restoration work of the Command bunker, but with the work of the Society in general. Lady Dalton had read and asked about the newly opened bunker at Corbière.
Sir Stephen has since written to the Society expressing his gratitude and how he and Lady Dalton enjoyed meeting everyone, seeing the complex and sampling Occupation food!
During the day, a member of the public brought along and donated a hand-made Occupation child’s wooden rocking horse which had been found in the back of his shed!
It was a long day for everyone helping, but the positive feedback the visitors gave made it very rewarding and satisfying.
On duty were Paul Burnal, Gary Denton, Shane Boschat, Noel Le Fondre and Colin Isherwood. Thank you to Paul Ronayne for helping with the book sales and Shane taking all the photographs.