The Bristol Queen leaving Knightstone

I AM writing because several weeks ago on Radio 4 there was a programme on the story of 'Steep Holm' with sound effects, of 'The Bristol Queen' leaving Knightstone and running up on the shingle bar at the Island! Dr Howard Smith and his wife Rosie have w

I AM writing because several weeks ago on Radio 4 there was a programme on the story of 'Steep Holm' with sound effects, of 'The Bristol Queen' leaving Knightstone and running up on the shingle bar at the Island! Dr Howard Smith and his wife Rosie have written and painted watercolours, in books about this area and they seemed knowable on the Fauna, etc, found on Steep Holm! They are of course Weston people! One item I found especially interesting: - that during the last war there were 300 men, constructing gun emplacements, etc. It said on the programme that there were men of the Indian Army, who were mule drivers and that they had fallen back from Dunkirk when that had to be evacuated. The only trouble being that all their mules were set free in France!There was not a mule to be had in Britain and a shipment of the animals had to be made from the USA! In order to do the pulling up the steep rail track and along the top of the island (i.e. Steep Holm). I thought I would bring this programme to your attention now that Armistice Sunday, i.e. November 11 is near.MR R W PARTRIDGE - Balmoral Way, Worle


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