Rotary given talk on Royal Observer Corps

Pictured, left to right, are Melvin, Peter and Brechin Rotary Club President Paul Roberts.

Pictured, left to right, are Melvin, Peter and Brechin Rotary Club President Paul Roberts.

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Brechin Rotary Club were joined by Peter Blockley during their last meeting at the Caledonian Hotel.

Peter, who was a guest of member Melvin Coates was invited along as speaker for the evening and he focused his talk on the history and the purpose of the Royal Observer Corps.

Peter was a full time officer in the Corps, and is now secretary to the Dundee Royal Observer Corps Association.

His in-depth knowledge revealed the Corps’ fascinating history from its origins as a police led organisation in 1926 right through to its eventual demise in the 1990s.

Peter also highlighted that, under the wings of the Air Ministry, the Royal Observer Corps provided vital work during the Second World War.

In particular, he described the heroic actions of the seaborne observers during the D-Day operations on June 6, 1944.

In more recent years, Peter described how the Corps was positioned to help in the event of a nuclear attack or a nuclear accident, such as Chernobyl.

He opined that, since the Corps was stood down, there is nothing to help the public here in United Kingdom in case of such an event occurring now.

Peter was thanked by Rotarian David Myles for his absorbing presentation, which provoked an array of questions from his audience.