Two honours for Yate Normandy veteran Len
A NORMANDY veteran from Yate has been given two honours in recognition of his role in fighting for freedom in the Second World War.
Leonard Trewin, 94, known as Len, was a member of the Parachute Regiment and joined the battle for Normandy in August 1944, also fighting in Belgium, Holland and Germany over the last year of the war. He also served in the Army in the post-war period, until 1953.
Like many other surviving Normandy veterans, Len has been awarded the Legion d'Honneur by the French government in recognition of his role in helping to liberate the country. It is France's highest order of merit.
Now he has been given another honour closer to home, having a new retirement development in his home town named after him.
Trewin Lodge is being built in aptly-named Normandy Drive, off Kennedy Way.
Len said: “I am honoured my name is being used in naming this development and hope all who live here will have a long and happy retirement.”
This month Len is due to go back to Normandy for an official presentation of his medal at a service commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day, although he was sent the medal earlier this year.
The new apartments are being built by Churchill Retirement Living, which specialises in building developments of self-contained apartments for older people.
The company’s regional marketing executive, Jo Ridehalgh, said: “For every new Churchill development we try to choose a name with a strong connection to the local community.
“We are delighted to be able to honour Leonard’s incredible service to his country and the town, and to recognise his more recent achievements by naming Trewin Lodge after him.
“He is an excellent example of someone who continues to thrive at the age of 94, and we hope Trewin Lodge will be a place where many others can follow his example and enjoy their retirement years to the full.”
The development is set to have 62 private apartments for the over 60’s with support available including a lodge manager, a video entry system, lifts and 24 hour care and support.
Picture: Leonard Trewin with Churchill Retirement Living's Neil Clipston (left), Jo Ridehalgh (centre) and Rob Bolton (right)