Local expats feature in new book

By Rob Innis

#i#Under The Queen’s Colours: Voices From The Forces 1952-2012#i# by Penny Legg is a celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and a salute to the men and women who have served and continue to serve her. 

It is packed with interviews and anecdotes from serving men and women worldwide painting a unique picture of the Armed Forces.

Through her connections with the Torrevieja Writers Circle author Penny Legg selected memoirs from four local expats and TWC members. Douglas Sidwell contributed his involvement with the Indonesian Confrontation in Borneo during the 60’s – ‘A sort of war without being called one – more a series of military incursions.’

Local writer Gerry Wright, served with the Royal Military Police in Famagusta, Cyprus in 1956-7 during the emergency.  Like many other Servicemen during the last sixty years, he relates some of his experiences during that time. He recently attended the book’s UK launch in Southampton together with a good number of ex-servicemen from as far away as Australia.


Published author John McGregor spent a happy five years in the RAF during 1967-72 and he wrote his full story in his entertaining book ‘Fairy Tales of an SAC’ which is available locally.

Also making a contribution is Nik Morton, published author, editor and former chairman of the Torrevieja Writers Circle, who saw 23 years service with the Royal Navy.

The book, which is being sold to raise funds in aid of forces charities, is available from Amazon in a variety of formats. For more see here http://torreviejawriterscircle.blogspot.com

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