Ted Barris Visit Draws Record Crowd to Manitoba Chapter Meeting

On 28 May, a record crowd of over 180 people attended the Manitoba Chapter meeting to hear Ted Barris talk about the Canadian aspects of the Great Escape, the famous attempt by Allied prisoners of war to escape from Stalag Luft III. Ted gave a fascinating talk that kept the crowd engaged for two hours. The chapter was also honoured by the presence of Gladys Williams, the daughter of John Hayward, who was a "penguin", a person who disposed of the earth excavated during the tunnelling.


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The crowd overflowed from our normal meeting space into the upstairs observation deck area.

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Ted Barris wanders through the audience as he talks about the Great Escape.

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Gladys Williams shows Ted photos of her mother and father, one of the "penguins" who helped prepare the tunnels.

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Ted speaks to Charles Adler, a nationally syndicated talk show host, on Winnipeg's CJOB radio.