Newspaper cuttings from D-Day kept by Rochford pensioner

Marian Tobin

Marian Tobin

First published in Echo News by

SOME of the most iconic images of wars have come from newspaper front pages at the time of the battles.

Whether it be the Sun’s headline of “GOTCHA” during the Falklands conflict in 1982 or some of the simple “WAR DECLARED” fronts from papers at the start of the Second World War, they remain images ingrained in our memories.

For one Rochford resident, she decided to keep two newspapers from the D-Day Landings and still has them 70 years on.

Marian Tobin, 95, of Ashingdon Road, saved national newspaper cuttings from the pivotal day in the Allied troop’s war effort as a memento.

Mrs Tobin said: “I am not quite sure why I felt so compelled to hang onto the papers.

“I am a bit of hoarder and I think the headlines just really stood out to me.

“It was quite a historic day as well so over the years I’ve decided to keep hold of them rather than throw them out.”

During the war Mrs Tobin whose husband William was in the 466 Squadron in the RAF was living in Cornwall.

Her experiences included being near to some of the American troops who would head off to Normandy for the mission.

“I lived on a farm near Falmouth,” Mrs Tobin explained.

“Obviously being in Cornwall there is lots of rivers and creeks around and at a creek close to us was were some of the US soldiers were based.

“It was all quite secretive and the area was closed off for about eight miles from their base, so there wasn’t a lot of interaction with them.

“But then one night they had just suddenly vanished and the following day we heard about D-Day and that was where they had gone.”

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