In the process of wandering around waiting for our meeting, I picked up two curious historical facts about WWII, which was unexpected as I associated the town’s history around the Royal Pump Rooms and Baths:
- The blast from a bomb dropped by the German Luffwaffe moved the statue to Queen Victoria in the centre of town by one inch, but failed to destroy it.
- The HQ for the Camouflage Unit was based in RLS during WWII, and employed many artists, including Christopher Ironside, who later designed the decimal coinage.
I also stumbled across a large Polish Club down one of the backstreets of the town. However, I missed the fact that the Free Czechoslovak Army, which was based there during the war.
While I was ‘killing time’ I also popped into see the film ‘Lucy’, directed by Luc Besson, at Leamington’s Vue Cinema, but had to leave at a critical point to make our meeting!