French wartime orphans return to Lanark

French orphan girls - Boulogne on HMS VENOMOUS
French orphan girls - Boulogne on HMS VENOMOUS
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THE last time two elderly Frenchwomen returning to Lanark next month saw the town it still had four kirks, three cinemas, two railway stations, a thriving racecourse and a Provost and town council.

Having said that, there were no Lanimer celebrations for the then childhood pals Jacqueline Vicart and Marie-Paule Sergeant to enjoy during wartime ... and sweeties were strictly rationed.

French orphan girls - Boulogne on HMS VENOMOUS

French orphan girls - Boulogne on HMS VENOMOUS

It was a very different Royal Burgh they left near the end of World War Two; even their home here for four years, the Smyllum Orphange, has gone, transformed into luxury flats.

For more on this story, pick up a copy of this week’s Carluke and Lanark Gazette.