Back to Villers-Bretonneux, this time to see a collection of historic photos. Many are of streets before and after the war. A couple of people were there as volunteers to show us around and they were generous with their time and with some copies of photos as well.

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The comment was also that there had been more than 6,000 people before the war and now there were only about 3-4000. There had been industries – largely textile before but they were destroyed and didn’t return.

The woman who we spoke to said that she had made some of the figures – animal – in the front yard of the Town Hall. The cardboard koalas are not there permanently – they get nicked – but the echidna is a fixture.

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We had been to Corbie before and filled our shopping basket at the market so decided to come straight home. Then we remembered we were out of wine so went on a bit to Albert and bought a couple of bottles – and the ingredients for Anzac Biscuits. No golden syrup. Honey and extra sugar will have to do!

And maybe Marilisle will have some bicarb soda.



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