War heroine remembered in Wormelow

Hereford Times: Rosemary Rigby organised a 14th memorial gathering to celebrate the life of war heroine Violette Szabo. Rosemary Rigby organised a 14th memorial gathering to celebrate the life of war heroine Violette Szabo.

HUNDREDS of people gathered in Wormelow to remember the life of one of the county's most decorated Second World War heroines.

The life of Violette Szabo, a 23-year-old spy executed at Ravensbruck in 1945, was recalled at a 14th memorial celebration at Cartref.

The house, which Violette spent many holidays during her short life, is now owned by Rosemary Rigby.

Rosemary also owns and founded the Violette Szabo Museum there.

Mrs Szabo's life was made into the 1958 film Carve Her Name With Pride, which starred Virginia McKenna as the war heroine.

Virginia was at the memorial, while the film was played at Much Birch Village Hall.

"We had between 500 and 600 people there – the garden was packed," said Rosemary.

"Virginia also presented a black and white photograph of herself from the film, which was sold for £420."

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5:37pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Grid Knocker says...

Congratulations to Rosemary Rigby for continuing to keep the memory of Viloette Szabo alive!. Would that Herefordshire Council, or its agencies were as vigilant.

When the new £90-million Old Market development was under construction, a friend wrote to Mr Bretherton (then the Chief Executive of Hereford Futures) suggesting that a statue of Mrs Szabo would be most appropriate to grace the scheme's central piazza. My friend didn't even receive a reply!
Congratulations to Rosemary Rigby for continuing to keep the memory of Viloette Szabo alive!. Would that Herefordshire Council, or its agencies were as vigilant. When the new £90-million Old Market development was under construction, a friend wrote to Mr Bretherton (then the Chief Executive of Hereford Futures) suggesting that a statue of Mrs Szabo would be most appropriate to grace the scheme's central piazza. My friend didn't even receive a reply! Grid Knocker
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