Mayor’s chain re­ac­tion

Link to Sec­ond World was on re­galia re­vealed

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Anne Sus­lak ed­i­to­ri­aluxbridge@trin­i­

HILLING­DON’S mayor be­came a star at­trac­tion when he joined an Amer­i­can au­thor on stage dur­ing a talk.

Cllr Ge­orge Cooper joined Sean Kelly, the au­thor of a book about US bases in Lon­don, for a talk at South Ruis­lip Li­brary for Cul­ture Bites –a se­ries of ac­tiv­i­ties run­ning dur­ing Oc­to­ber.

The mayor joined Mr Kelly to show the au­di­ence his chain of of­fice on which is pinned a spe­cial com­mem­o­ra­tive medal rep­re­sent­ing the area’s unique links go­ing back to the Sec­ond World War.

Mr Kelly’s 444-page tome is called ‘Home Bases: Mem­o­ries & Sto­ries of US Mil­i­tary Bases Around Lon­don’.

It re­veals the history the US mil­i­tary pres­ence in South Ruis­lip, Uxbridge and other Lon­don lo­ca­tions, in­clud­ing the base­ment of Sel­fridge’s depart­ment store in Ox­ford Street.

It con­tains around 40 in­ter­views, in­clud­ing one with the late Larry Hag­man, bet­ter known as JR Ewing from the clas­sic TV soap Dal­las.

Hag­man was sta­tioned at the for­mer USAF base in South Ruis­lip, along with a Walt Dis­ney leg­end and other war vet­er­ans, in­clud­ing one of the only Amer­i­cans to win Bri­tain’s Ge­orge Medal for brav­ery.

Cul­ture Bites will high­light literary and artis­tic tal­ent around the bor­ough.

Other au­thors ap­pear­ing are Paige Toon, Jane Costello and Andy Jones and the pro­gramme will celebrate the achieve­ment of the Lon­don Bor­ough of Hilling­don in be­com­ing the only Lon­don Bor­ough to re­fur­bish all its li­braries and ex­tend their open­ing hours.

Visit http://ushome or www. bay­ber­ry­ to find out more about Sean Kelly’s book.

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