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    As part of the Peoples' War series, BBC Three Counties Radio and Bletchley Park have teamed up to bring you a selection of poems inspired by World War Two.


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    The WW2 People's War Website aims to capture and preserve for future generations the personal and family stories of the people who lived and fought in World War Two. This is an opportunity to leave a legacy so that the sacrifices of the war can be better understood.

    The Website enables you to write about World War Two, discuss the stories that you read, reunite with others and research the war generation.

    The WW2 People's War Team rely on you, the online community, to provide authentic stories and constructive feedback.

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    At around 0930 every day this week (beginning 15 March) on the Milton Keynes Breakfast show, poets will perform either their own work, or verses written by famous war time authors.

    Then on Saturday 20 March those poets will perform live at Bletchley Park at a special performance poetry afternoon organised by The Bletchley Park Trust.

    The selected poems include deeply moving work by Henry Reed and even some poems written uniquely about Bletchley Park.

    In addition there will also be wide range of exhibits telling the story of Bletchley Park and after the official poetry reading, the audience will be invited to participate in a ‘Poetry Karaoke’.

    Anyone can submit a poem with a wartime theme and, if approved, will be asked to read it out.

    Admission for adults is £10.00 (concessions £8.00) which includes a free tour of Bletchley Park.

    Here is just a sample of some of the extraordinary poems you'll be able to hear this week on Milton Keynes Breakfast 104.5FM.

    Untitled war poem by Spike Milligan read by Bob Jones

    Old soldier Dad written and read by by Bob Jones

    War Nose by Spike Milligan

    To Tony age 3 by Marjorie Wilson read by Min Cornelius

    You can find more stories like this and add your own on the People's War Website.

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