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When love blossomed beyond the barbed wire.

WHILE we're focused on Lambourn of long ago, there was correspondence both locally and from as far afield as Germany following a recent Lambourn Life column which referred to the fact that Tony McCoy (right) lived on a former prisoner of war camp at Lodge Down.

One of the prisoners there, who later in life was to become senior curator at a Berlin museum, had struck up a relationship with a local girl while he was out on a farm working party. Three nights a week, he'd slip out under the wire for a rendezvous in the copse below where McCoy now lives.

If one of them failed to make it, love letters would be left in a black shoe box.

Around 15 years after the end of the war, he returned to look for her. There was to be no happy ending. By then she was married with three children, but they remained in contact.

To this day she lives locally in Wantage. She told me the story, and, now aged 82, no doubt would be one of the many anxious to put our barstool bore right on a thing or two about life in Lambourn.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jan 26, 2010
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