June 3, 2009
Blair meets Frank Foley committee during plaque unveiling
Cherie Blair, the wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, met
members of Highbridge's Frank Foley committee this week during
the unveiling of a brand new plaque in memory of the wartime hero.
Robin Lodge and seven other members of Highbridge's Southwell
Gardens Memorial Trust attended a special ceremony at the Sternberg
Centre in Finchley, North London, on Sunday (May 31st).
Lyes, the secretary of the commitee, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Cherie was wonderful and spoke to us at length about the
story behind the Frank Foley statue in Highbridge."
the plaque unveiling, she also spoke about how religious divisions
should be put aside and explained why people should live together
as one united community."
the 80 people at the ceremony was movie producer Timothy Haas,
who has recently begun work on creating a new blockbuster film
about the life of Frank Foley.
new plaque honours Highbridge-born Frank Foley, who was employed
as a Passport Control Officer in Berlin from 1920 until 1939.
In his role, he was able to help hundreds of Jews escape from
Nazi Germany before the outbreak of World War Two. He had no diplomatic
immunity and put himself at great risk by helping others.
Sternberg Centre was founded to help a number of Reform and Liberal
Jewish institutions. Opened in 1981, it is named after Sir Sigmund
Sternberg, a British philanthropist and businessman, who was born
in Hungary, a member of the Jewish community, and emigrated to
Britain in 1939.
Janner and Cherie Blair with several members of Highbridge's Frank
Foley Committee at Sunday's event
new plaque unveiled at this week's ceremony in memory of Frank
Blair met John Curtis and his grandson during the event
producer Timothy Haas (centre) with John Curtis and his grandson,
Frank Foley committee Secretary Pam Lyes, Treasurer Phil Lyes,
Rev Robin Lodge, Shirley Adams, Rosemary Parsons, Ray Reddish,
Joyce Curtis and Joyce Beard
Blair with John Curtis and Lord Janner at Sunday's plaque unveiling