THE family of a well-known Brechin man who passed away recently, have asked “The Brechiner” to pass on their thanks to the many friends and pals.
And for many of George Dempster Shank sbest friends and neighbours there was also the insight into his brief, but nevertheless unforgettable, moment as a film star. As daughter Rosemary explained: “My dad was very proud of his role in the film “The One That Got Away” which starred Hardy Kruger.”
The One That Got Away is the thrilling true story of Lt. Franz von Werra (Hardy Kruger), the only German prisoner of war taken in Britain during the Second World War to escape from numerous British POW camps and return to his homeland.
Roy Ward Baker’s excellent direction and Kruger’s sympathetic performance help make this an exciting and involving movie.
Made in 1957, some of the filming took place at the army camp where George was doing his national service and he is briefly seen on camera with the star of the film.
Rosemary said: “He didn’t make a big thing of it, but he was very proud of that moment and it was something he would obviously remember the rest of his days.
“My dad moved to Queen’s Park in 1964 and then to old Hillview in 1985.
He made many friends working at Edzell Base from 1976 until he was forced to take early retirement due to ill health.
“He was a devoted Brechin City and won a signed shirt which was buried with him.
“George loved to watch the world go by standing at his gate in Hillview looking on to Montrose Street.
“He is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 51 years Ina and family Rosemary, George, Ian, Roland and David, as well as many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
“Above all George was known for his love of life, his great sense of humour and love of his family.”