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Wanda and Julian Socha in Polish dress.

 
 

The exhibition  "Memories of Doddington Polish Resettlement Camp" came to an end with a very successful Polish food tasting event which coincided with the Nantwich Food and Drink Festival.  Over the two day event the museum recorded that  over 2,500 people visited the small, but well stocked with local treasures, museum. Everyone enjoyed the Polish food but more poignant was the photographic exhibition which told  the story of the displaced persons' camp that once stood in the grounds of Doddington Park. In time, the history of the camp would have been lost  if it was not for the wonderful memories of the children, now 50+ years older, who lived there with their parents and contributed so generously of their time, photos and memorabilia to the exhibition. The exhibition also became a kind of re-union  bringing together many who had lost contact and not seen each other over the years.  Some still live locally but many came from as far afield as Bradford, Oxfordshire, Bognor Regis, Bournemouth and North Wales.  Many more, who emigrated with their families to the USA, Canada and Australia in the 1950's, could not attend but were in the thoughts of those who were there.

 

Polish singing group "BIESIADA" from Manchester  some of  who's members lived in the camp entertained the many visitors to the museum.

 

Just some of the "children" fifty years on.

From Left to Right.

 

 Elżbieta Garlacz-Kołodziejczyk, Andzej Szlifirski,  Ewa Biłozorska,  Bolek Górski,  Marysia Śitek,  Zosia  Dziedziul & her mother.  Franek Zbyszek Lepisz,   Zofia Puchalska

 

  Tadeusz & Andzej Kuzan,   Zosia Nowak  Halina Dzisiewska-Grycewicz,  Alicja Wilczek,   Urszula Łuszczycka,   Adam Sobuta,  Edward Pogonowski,  Irena Sobuta,  Anna  Sobuta,  

 

Bożena Dąbrowska-Świstek, Zdzisław Dąbrowski, Ryszard Kuś, Barbara Białozorska,  Janina Kuś, Unknown,  Janina Podsawska Brazendald,  Barbara Bajerska Parker, Barbara Kosarew.

 

Kneeling are:- Alfred Talarek, Colin Barrow, Józia Olszewska- Kołodziejczyk, Teresa Kosarew, and Roman Śitek.

 
 
 

Janina Kuś, Unknown, Urszula Łuszczycka,   Barbara Białozorska, 

People enjoying a sing-along with "Biesiada" the Polish singing group.

 

Zosia Puchalska,  Henia Garlacz,  Halina Dzisiewska, Andrzej Kuzan.

Janina Kuś, Unknown, Urszula Łuszczycka and Zofia Puchalska 

Zosia Nowak and Elżbieta Garlacz-Kołodziejczyk.

Bożena Dąbrowska- Świstek,  Józia  Olszewska-Kołodziejczyk,   Elżbieta Garlacz-Kolodziejczyk

Hundreds of people flocked to the museum to taste Polish foods, like "bigos", "pierogi" and an array of Polish cakes and  rye breads.

 

Tadeusz Socha, Zosia Biegus, Julek Socha, Unnknown,  Józia Olszewska-Kołodziejczyk, Hanna Socha and Zbyszek Lepisz.

Back row:-Jan Czerski, Anna Wheeler (Curator of Nantwich Museum), Zosia Biegus, Elżbieta Garlacz- Kołodziejczyk. Front row:- Henia Garlacz, Zosia Nowak, Basia Białozorska, Józia Olszewska - Kołosziejczyk

 
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