Yesterday we celebrated VE Day and the many brave soldiers who fought and won the war. I would like to take this opportunity to also celebrate the many who stayed behind and supported the war effort. Those frontline workers who were crucial to the success of the war effort.
My father, Robert (Bert) Phoenix, who was an accountant and worked in Glasgow throughout the war, running a munitions factory. His brother, my Uncle Sam (Samuel Phoenix), who was a civil engineer and worked in Edinburgh and around Scotland building and maintaining submarine bases. His sister, my Aunt Nan, Agnes Phoenix (later Macfarlane), who was in the Land Army helping farmers grow food for the country. My ex-father-in-law, James Martin, who was also a civil engineer who spent much of the war in Malta keeping the naval base operational. He was honoured with an OBE for his work.
These are just four I have known, but there were many others. Let us recognise and honour them. Theirs was a consistent effort day by day, year by year, to keep the country open and fighting.