When Barbara Hurman was just 17 years old, her ambition was to join the armed forces to help the war effort in World War II. She joined the Royal Signal Corps at Fort Southwick in Portsmouth as a Teleprinter Operator at the vast underground communication centre, where she sent and received troop movement messages. She also went on to serve in Italy with the army.
Now 89 years young, Barbara, a patient at Carson Chiropractic, is an active archaeologist and regularly involved in digs. On Sunday, 10th May, as a part of the 70th Anniversary Commemorations of VE Day, Barbara will meet Her Majesty The Queen and at Westminster Abbey will be of the speakers to address the assembled audience.
The service of thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey will be attended by veterans and their families, members of the Royal Family, representatives of allied nations and Commonwealth countries who fought alongside Britain in the conflict, along with other diplomatic representatives and senior members of government and the armed forces.
Following the service, there will be a parade of current personnel and veterans, supported by bands, from the Abbey along Whitehall, past the balcony of HM Treasury where Winston Churchill made his historic appearance before crowds on VE Day. Veterans who have taken part in the service and parade will then be invited to a reception in St James’s Park hosted by The Royal British Legion.
We wish Barbara all the very best on this auspicious occasion.