Comment posted on Cockleshell Heroes opening ceremony at Dunoon’s Castle House Museum by Sally Munro
I read with interest the piece about the Cockleshell Heroes. You may not be aware that this expedtion was renacted by members of Dorset Police and marines in 2009, in December ( maritime laws/guidance did not allow them to paddle up the Gironde at night) , in honour of my brother Neil Munro, a well respected Police Inspector in Bournemouth who died suddenly. The re-enacted expedition was called Munro’s Mariners. Neil was born and brought up in Dunoon but we were not aware of the links with this area at the time of the re-enacted expedition. Colleagues wanted to do something to honour and remember him and raise funds for charity. This operation took a lot of training and preparation, not to mention sponsorship for an expensive expedition, to ensure that charitable donations all went to Special Boat Service Benevolent Fund, Dorset Police Welfare Fund, and Poole Hospital Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit.Over £10,000 wa rasied and shared between the charities, and the profile of those that carried out Operation Frankton were remembered.
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