Uxbridge Library hosted a special Cake and Craft Coffee Morning on Friday 4th May as part of their Polish Heritage Festival.
The coffee morning celebrated Polish cuisine and craft with a chance to try delicious Polish cakes, including cheesecake and apple cake, and the traditional art of paper flower making with Uxbridge Library Assistant Roksana.
In attendance were Jan and Barbara Zak, Polish residents with an incredible story. Jan Zak was captured by the USSR and sent to a gulag. Jan survived the experience, finally being freed in 1941 as a result of the Nazi invasion. Jan travelled through Russia to Palestine and then made his way to Britain to serve in the Royal Air Force as a radar technician. This is just one example of the incredible contributions made by Polish men and women during World War II.
The Polish Heritage Festival continues with events on Friday 4th May and Saturday 5th May including a temporary exhibition on the 303 Squadron.
By Mark Ulrich – Uxbridge Library