Letter: Why I’m proud to be European

Anti-Brexit demonstrators fill Parliament Square in central London, during the People's Vote march,

Anti-Brexit demonstrators fill Parliament Square in central London, during the People's Vote march, which called for a vote on the final Brexit deal. Photo: Matt Crossick/EMPICS Entertainment. - Credit: Empics Entertainment

I discovered I was truly European a long time ago. I am 87 now and was 20 then.

We were cycling in Holland and Belgium and there was devastation everywhere.

Among the ruins of Rotterdam, which the Germans had flattened, the piledrivers were at work.

My family had earlier been bombed out in London and on a daily basis I had seen the bombed area around St Paul's and Ludgate Hill.

The thing that struck me so forcibly was that these people had suffered as we had, but much worse because they had been occupied.

You may also want to watch:

Everywhere we were treated with kindness, offered beds and meals. On a pouring night in Belgium we asked if we could pitch our tent.

The answer was 'I wouldn't put a dog out on a night like this' and we were invited in.

Most Read

It was pretty well a single-roomed cottage with a raised sleeping platform at one end. The owners insisted that we had their bed and gave us breakfast in the morning.

We were very young ambassadors of the country which had given them hope in 1939-45 and had freed them. I am proud to be European.

Mary Ernest, Hereford

Geraldine Scott explores the Brexit divisions within the British expat community on the Spanish Costa del Sol, but it prompts a question from me.

Why when Brits leave the UK to live in the other parts of the world, do we become expats when the people who come from those lands to live here get called something else?

Perhaps it's time we called Brits abroad exactly what they are: British migrants and immigrants in other people's countries!

Bob Hale, Portishead

• Send your letters for publication in our newspaper to letters@theneweuropean.co.uk - The New European is published every Thursday for just £2.50.

Become a Supporter

The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.

Become a Supporter
Comments powered by Disqus