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Cornish Singer Marks Remembrance Sunday

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 8:01am 13th November 2011

On Remembrance Sunday a Cornish songwriter is hoping to reflect the bravery of our war heroes to a younger generation.

Charlie Wingfield from St Agnes has written "Finest Hour", based on stories from his grandparents.

Charlie's grandfather, Ronald Charles Wingfield, was a Spitfire and Hurricane Pilot who was brought down over Africa, captured and became Prisoner of War in 'Stalagluft Three'. After numerous escape attempts he made it home, but in 1976, Ronald was sadly killed as a St John's Ambulance Mercy Pilot, for which he volunteered.

Charlie's fiancé's granddad, 91 year old Jimmy Parker, told of his experience in Dunkirk. A misfortune shared by so many of our war veterans, Jimmy's memories of conflict tell of incredible bravery, loss and tragedy.

Charlie said, "Getting picked up off the beach and how desperate people were - I tried to use words to describe how it might have been to be there. It's so important people remember. The song could help people remember how brave and how wonderful it was so many people came together to fight for our freedom which we have today."

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