I am unused to stating that a city, which usually rates high on my list of places to avoid at all costs; actually deserves a retrospective ‘Thank You’ from an Englishman.
I watched a documentary this evening which told me of the wonderful help and support given the Royal Navy, along with the Royal Naval Air Service, by the Port & City of Londonderry during the Second World War. The welcome given the corvettes which were based there was tremendous, before going out on their dangerous convoy escort duty, guarding the convoys which sailed to America, and returned laden with the ammunition to help a Nation fight and win a War. Ammunition which took the form of food, fuel, trucks, aircraft and fighting men who helped defeat the Nazi armies who had befouled a Continent. The first American base on British soil was adjacent to the very walls of that fair city. The Swordfish fighters flew from HMS Shrike at RNA Station Maydown to land on the Merchant Aircraft Carriers, and carried out submarine suppression flights
The documentary also told of the lists kept by a male nurse at the hospital, whose writing detailed all the survivors from the three thousand-odd ships which were the U-boats targets, the terrible injuries, and of the all-too-many deaths of those men who had been plucked from the waves.
The name which the nationalists cling to for that city, leaving off the hated Forerunner, well; we can leave them their bile and spite, because we know that the hearts and minds of the people who helped in Londonderry were better than the mean, miniscule minds who spoke against Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
God bless the City of Londonderry; and thank you once again!