Then and Now
Look out for Private Touch Wud Sweetheart around Folkestone. He will be re-visiting World War One places of interest to see how they have changed since the war.
The Leas Lift has been restored and you can still take a ride on the lift up into town. You can take the same journey as Private Touch Wud Sweetheart.
Here is the old Slope Road, now called the Road of Remembrance. Millions of soldiers, Red Cross nurses and others would have marched down this road to get to the harbour. Because it was so steep, soldiers were given the order to “Step Short” so that they could get down safely. Step Short is now the name of the charity that has created Private Touch Wud Sweetheart to help young people understand more about the First World War.
Here is Private Touch Wud Sweetheart marching down the Road of Remembrance. If you have read the story on the website you will know what happened next!
This is the bandstand as it used to look (left) and right is how it looks now. Private Sweetheart is pointing to a plaque honouring Officer Walter Tull of the 17th Battalion Middlesex Regiment.
This picture shows Private Touch Wud Sweetheart posting his letter to Elizabeth Sweetheart.
The pictures above show Private Sweetheart with a Tommy solider at The Step Short Centre in Tram Road, where Private Sweetheart will be making appearances between 2014 and 2019. He will also be visiting local nurseries and schools so look out for him in your school or nursery!
Schools or nurseries who would like Private Sweetheart to pay the children a visit should contact www.touchwud.co.uk for more information.
Coming soon - Look out for Private Touch Wud Sweetheart at The Manor House Hospital, Rest Camps Number One and Two, St Andrews on the East Cliff (another rest camp) and many more places around Folkestone.