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Bletchley Park Code-Breaker enthralls club meeting


By Philip Roberts - Posted on 29 September 2015

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Rotary Club of Redditch recently welcomed Rotarians, guests and other local organisations to hear former Bletchley Park veteran Charlotte 'Betty' Webb MBE give a fascinating talk on the work of this vital WW2 organisation.

The pioneering work of Bletchley Park, kept secret for 30 years after the end of the war, is now familiar to many of us, thanks to the many books, films and TV programmes devoted to the subject, and also to the preservation and opening of Bletchley Park itself to visitors. From these sources, we learn not only about the cracking of the German 'Enigma' codes, credited with shortening the war by at least 2 years, but also the development of technologies that provided the foundations of the modern day computer industry.

But in the telling of history, there is no substitute for personal testimony, and at 92 years of age, Betty Webb was able to provide some fascinating insights into her life and work at Bletchley Park, from the tender age of 18. As well as presenting a selection of articles dealing with the wartime and (more recent) history of Bletchley, Betty was good enough to sign copies of her most recent book: 'Secret Postings', which also deals with her post-war experience at the Pentagon.

Guests at lunch included the Mayor of Redditch, Councillor Pattie Hill, President of the Inner Wheel Club of Redditch, Liz Ostroumoff, and members of other local organisations such as Probus, Inner Wheel and of corse Rotary.

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