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Marking the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Bergen-Belsen
and The Allied Victory of WW2.

1945-2015

"The incredible story of a 95 year-old WW2 veteran living in my town. A powerful witness testimony to
the holocaust made so much more powerful because that witness is a Teessider. It had to be documented"
C.H.

SYNOPSIS:
Eddie Straight was just 20 when he left the quiet seaside town of Saltburn-by-the-sea in 1940 to join the army. What WW2 bestowed upon this young man left scars for a lifetime...

Eddie took part in the D-Day landings as part of elite tank regiment, the 11th Armoured Division aka "The Black Bulls". From the beaches of Normandy, Eddie and his men fought North through France and Belgium and then crossed into Nazi Germany. There he became an unsuspecting witness to the holocaust taking part in the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen death camp. The unimaginable scenes of horror and depravity that he was exposed to would haunt him for the rest of his life.

After Victory in Europe, he was then sent into the Burmese jungle with a platoon of West African
troops to clean up at the end of the campaign against the Japanese.

Despite being wounded by bayonet and bullet; and being struck down with malaria, he
survived the war and lived to tell the tale 70 years later.




~ THE SALTBURN PREMIERE ~
15th AUGUST 2015
Marking the 70th Anniversary of VJ Day, the end of World War Two and The Outbreak of Peace.
A minute's silence at the beginning and a standing ovation at the end for Eddie from a sell out crowd at Saltburn Theatre. A second show at 9pm catered for an extra 50 who couldn't get in earlier. Eddie took a bow and said "Thank you, it is nice to know that what we did is appreciated". People then queued up to shake his hand including a 95-year old woman who told him "I am your generation, I am your age" and kissed him in tears.

Many thanks to all who came and made donations to help re-coup costs, the Saltburn Ward Councillors for covering the venue hire and all at The Theatre - Christine, Wilma, Drexel, Peter, Peter, Jill and Dawn on the door. And thanks to the couple who came from Sunderland to see it !

"Soldier To Soldier - Eddie Straight by Ian Forsyth"
Photo exhib now hanging in the Theatre Bar
until Oct 2015.


Due to licencing restrictions of archive film used, this is a FREE event.
Donations are very welcome to help recoup production and promotion costs.
 



JUNE 29th: EDDIE TURNS 95 !

A Happy 95th for Eddie with a load of cards from new found fans and a pint at The Ship.
Thanks to everyone who responded to the Facebook appeal :-)





JUNE 5th: EDDIE RE-VISITS MUSEUM
Eddie revisited the museum to view the film and exhib without the hullaballo of Premiere night. After watching the film for the second time he remarked "I need a drink after watching that" so we took him back to Saltburn and grabbed one at The Ship :-)



 




~ THE PREMIERE ~
Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough
15th APRIL 2015

Marking the 70th Anniversary of the liberation of Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp
Around 125 guests attended the Premiere screening at Dorman Museum including guest of honour Mr. Eddie Straight. It was 70 years to the day since the liberation of the Belsen death camp. Eddie got a standing ovation at the end and remarked of the film, "it was a damn good show".

FILM & EXHIBITION
@ Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough
April 15th - June 28th 2015
The exhibition includes a war souvenir that Eddie says is the ceremonial sword of the notorious Camp Kommandant Josef Kramer that he 'liberated' from the camp.

There is also a selection of photographs taken by award-winning ex-army photographer
Ian Forsyth
also of Saltburn.
 
FROM THE EXHIBITION GUESTBOOK...

"Words cannot describe how moved and in awe I am"
D. Southam, Sunderland


"Truly amazing man. Shocking film. Excellent"
Janice Clark, Beechwood, M'bro


"Well done Eddie, Craig and Ian for such a graphic portrayal.
Should be shown on national TV and in every school and college"

Susan, Skelton


"This should be shown to the world"

Mary Houseman, Guisborough


"Very very powerful, very realistic and very sensitively done"
D. Cox, Ontario, Canada

"What a story & what a man. Where's the VC?"
Peter & Gill McKay, Marton



"How do we comprehend what Eddie endured?"
Anon. Marske


"Raises many issues not least post traumatic stress.
If I was moved to tears what did he go through?"

Frank Gibson, Teesside/New Zealand



"Thank you Eddie for what you did in the war.
I am so sorry you lost so many friends
and all the nasty things you saw.
Love and respect to you"

Dawn, Middlesbrough


"Brings home the reality of war. Fantastic this film has been made"
Barbara Munro, Thornaby



"This movie had more impact than visiting Auschwitz. What a man!"
Simon Gowland-Brown, Newton-under-Roseberry


"The Belsen part was very emotional and hard hitting, for the first time
someone's admitted to giving the guards a kicking!"

Mr. Tidy, Saltburn


"The story told in Eddie's eyes is a more powerful testament than his own words!
Thank God you got to him Craig before he took it with him"

Gary D'Orio (Cameraman, CNN, New York)


"I need a drink after watching that"
Eddie Straight, Saltburn





ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
To everyone who has been to see it and who helped us along the way:

Eddie, John Connolly, Peter Nightingale, Ian Forsyth, Phil Philo & The Dorman Museum, Imperial War Museum (Fiona Davis, Matt Lee), Colin R. Leech of Bergen-Belsen.co.uk, The Four Seasons, The Ship Inn-Saltburn, Major Anthony Wharton, Miki and Chris Rogers, Abi Hadfield-Signwriter, Thurston Printers, Saltburn Film Festival, Saltburn Community Theatre, John Foster-BBC Tees, Chris Webber-Northern Echo, Stuart Whincup BBC Look North, Derek Proud-ITV Tyne Tees News, The Gazette, Mike Morrissey, Talk of the Town, Coastal View & Now & Then.

Many Thanks, Craig Hornby


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