I have had many unexpected and memorable experiences while accompanying Bletchley Park veteran, Charlotte (Betty) Webb to events. One of the most surprising occurred during a relaxed visit to Bletchley Park in February 2017.
By lunch time we had an inkling that something was going on, and that a VIP group of visitors were on site. We discovered the distinguished guest was Army General (Retired) Félix Sanz Roldán, Spain’s Secretary of State Director of the National Intelligence Centre.
The General’s party included Robert Hannagan, enjoying an outing during his final weeks as Head of GCHQ; Sir John Scarlett, Chairman of the Bletchley Park Trust and former Head of MI6; Iain Standen, CEO of Bletchley Park Trust; Tony Comer, GCHQ Historian, David Kenyon, Bletchley Park Historian, and unnamed and can’t-be-photographed MI5 personnel.
Iain Standen introduced Betty to General Sanz Roldán, and in true Betty style, she greeted him in Spanish. I believe the unplanned meeting with a Bletchley Park veteran was a highlight of his visit. Betty made an impression – he asked for her contact details, and promised to write from Madrid.
Over a handshake, General Sanz Roldán gave me permission to take the photograph shown above.
What can I say, visiting Bletchley Park is a fantastic day whenever you visit, but you never know who you might meet!
You can read about Félix Sanz Roldán’s distinguished career on the National Intelligence Centre’s website.