In early September, Brian Lett, son of Major Gordon Lett, who commanded a brigade of international partisans in the Rossano Valley in the Second World War, will lead the 10th Rossano Freedom Trail walk from Pontremoli to Levanto on the coast of Liguria. Around 500 Allied troops escaped to safety using the Rossano Freedom Trail between 1943 and 1945. The purpose of the walk is to commemorate the humanity and self-sacrifice of the Italian people who sheltered and helped escaped Allied prisoners of war of every nationality, religion and race during that time, as well as to raise funds for the Monte San Martino Charitable Trust.
The three-day walk starts in Pontremoli, with overnight stops in Rossano, Sero and Levanto. The stop in Rossano includes a dinner to commemorate the 69th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice, an event that resulted in nearly 25,000 Allied soldiers escaping from prison camps. The party will walk ten to fifteen miles each day, and there will be historical briefings and short ceremonial stops along the way. Walkers of all ages and abilities are invited to join the walk for all or part of the Trail.
BBC broadcaster Edward Stourton and producer Phil Pegum will accompany the walk to record interviews with veterans and Italians for a two-part radio series to be broadcast in September 2013 to mark the 70th anniversary of the Armistice.
Full information on the 2012 Rossano Freedom Trail, which takes place from 2-6 September 2012, can be found on the Monte San Martino Trust site, which also has detailed downloadable information.
Enquiries should be addressed to Brian Lett on firstname.lastname@example.org or through email@example.com as soon as possible.
Photo courtesy of Brian Lett.
Join the Rossano Freedom Trail walk appeared on Ciao Lunigiana on 5 August 2012.
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