First published in Jo Kirkham’s ‘Memories of Rye Series
Autumn and Winter 1942
During this time the towns and villages of South East England were subjected to attacks by German Focke Wolf 190 fighter bombers. They carried one 500Ib bomb as well as being armed with machine guns and 20mm cannon. They were referred to as Hit and Run Raiders. To help combat this menace, units of the RAF regiment were drafted to the town and surrounding countryside. They were equipped with their standard airfield defence systems – small armoured cars fitted with a pair of matching guns. Other guns were sited on high static positions. I remember it being said that one such site was at the rear of Durrant House in Market Street. Continue reading Hit and Run Raids
Rye Town Manager, Yolanda Laybourne, led a gang of volunteers in a ‘Rubbish Pick’ as part of “Pride in Rye Week” at the beginning of July. This event is just one of the initiatives that Yolanda has introduced since her appointment just one year ago. There was some opposition to the introduction of a Town Manager, but
Yolanda has won round most of the critics with her enthusiasm and support of many aspects of Rye town life. She has co-opted the help of Rye, Rother and County Councillors, worked hard supporting various clubs and societies, encouraged tourism with a vigorous programme of advertising and publicity and supported the trade organisations. Another contribution that she should be pleased with is the step forward that the Rye Partnership has taken as a result of her efforts.