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An Italian town that had a camp for English prisoners of war in the 1940s is expected to take part in a dinner at Wells Town Hall next February with former Italian prisoners who were held at Wells.
A jamboree is to follow on August 23 in 2009 above Wells at the Romulus and Remus statue built by Italian prisoners. Wells had two PoW camps, at Stoberry Park for Italians and after Normandy for Germans, and at Penleigh (the EMI site).
The Italian town is Fontanellato, in the Po Valley near Parma, with a population like that of Glastonbury. Prisoners there were held in relative comfort, in a four-storey orphanage. The travel writer Eric Newby wrote a book about his war experience, the Fontanellato prison and the local girl he married — in 2001 it became the film In Love and War.