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The Lost Gold

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

My role as a personal injury solicitor has changed over the years and more recently has incorporated using social media.  I am asked to write a Blog, but sometimes I don’t know what to write.  Like today, lost for words.

“Just write about your own experiences, your own feelings,”   is what experienced Bloggers advise.  So, here we go:-

I recently went on a weekend break to Anglesey.  I think the expression is to have some ‘me time,’ but actually I was with my brother so we went to have some ‘sibling time.’

As a child I was lucky enough each year to have a caravan holiday in Anglesey with my parents and siblings.  I remember vividly one place we went to. In the evening we would walk along the cliffs at Moelfre.  Moelfre is a fishing village comprising a tiny cove with a lifeboat station leading up on to the cliffs with jagged rocks below.  We would walk past a farm with a gaggle of geese, then the next ‘look out’ would be the shipwreck.  It seemed ages before we reached the cliffs overlooking the wreck, a wooden hull under the sea.  If we were lucky at low tide we would see it in all its glory.

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My Dad talked about the shipwreck of the Royal Charter, a ship which was lost on the rocks at Moelfre many years ago.  Amongst the many who lost their lives, also lost was gold, somewhere out there beneath the waves.  I associated the shipwreck I saw as being the wreck of the Royal Charter.

On our recent trip my brother and I were drawn to Moelfre.  As an adult it was different, but familiar  memories came flooding back.  The wreck we used to see as children was not the wreck of the Royal Charter.  It was obvious that my Dad knew this but he let us believe that ‘our wreck’ was that of the Royal Charter so we could look down wishing we could see the lost gold!

Today, on the cliffs at Moelfre is a state of the art RNLI lifeboat station with a visitor centre proud of its heritage.  We were able to purchase a guide to the history of the Royal Charter, but more exciting for me, I was able to purchase a guide to the history of the Hindlea; this was our shipwreck.

Off we set, along the cliffs, a calm warm autumn afternoon.  We found the memorial of the Royal Charter and felt a huge wave of emotion as we remembered not only those who lost their lives, but the bravery of those who carried out the rescue operation.

Then we reached a familiar cove.  There is a plaque on the cliff above with a tribute to the bravery of the lifeboat men to rescued the crew of the Hindlea just in time before the ship broke up on the rocks.  As we carefully looked over the edge of the cliff into the sea below we were rewarded to see part of the wreck still in situ.  It was probably 40 years ago that I last looked over this cliff to see the shipwreck so it was an amazing feeling.  A memory captured in the wooden struts of the silent wreck below.

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Since that day as I reflect on my childhood I think I would like to advise parents out there of the importance of the little everyday things which you do and say to your children.  I was never brave enough to take my children on these cliffs and would not advise any parent to do so, but there are other things we can do with our children allowing them to have happy experiences developing into fond memories which they will cherish forever.

Remembering those who lost their lives on the Royal Charter…

Time to reflect

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

“It’s a struggle to get through January,” is a post I sent on Facebook when I was asked how things were.  I am sure many people feel the same, but in reality we who live in this country are all pretty much lucky to live the lives we do.

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I recently took time to reflect on the past – a moment I share with you…

The usual chore of taking down the Christmas tree sparked off a spring clean.  I was sorting through the mountains of paperwork when I came across a note written by my late father – his memory of a day in 1944 during World War II when he was just a child.

He wrote:-

The Flying Bomb Incident

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One day in 1944 I was listening to the news on the radio.  The Flying Bombs and V2 Rockets were being sent by the Germans in France toward the south coast of England.

The man on the radio had recorded the sound of a Flying Bomb which had a distinctive tinny sound – unlike a plane.  He went on to say that when the bomb’s motor stopped it had reached the intended target and was ready to drop.

Later in the day I was with my Dad who was talking with the man next door. Suddenly I heard the distinctive sound that I had heard on the radio. I told my Dad that I thought it was a Flying Bomb. I said that if it was a Flying Bomb and it’s motor stopped it would be coming down. My Dad didn’t believe me until the motor stopped.

It fell in Oldham, 3 miles away and demolished a row of houses.  This was one of the few Flying Bombs to be launched from aircraft.

 

This highlights the fear that some children face every day.  Children from around the world whose countries are involved in conflict, such as Syria.

How privileged we are…

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