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Shanklin did itself proud

Friday, November 17, 2017 - 11:36

From Jon Gilbey, Esther and Steve Knight, Lynda and JohnFleming, Sue and Alan Godden, Denyse Larner and Richard Priest (Shanklin towncouncillors):

We would like to thank all involved in the Remembranceevents in Shanklin, and across the Island, and for the contribution of youngerpeople to recognise, respect and commemorate the sacrifices made in theconflicts of the last 100 years.

St Saviour’s Church hosted a commemorative concert in honourof those that made the ultimate sacrifice, with relatives of service personnelon Shanklin’s memorial present (including organiser David Yates, descendant ofG. Kingswell).

Shanklin RBL’s Festival of Remembrance at Shanklin Theatrewas an evening of reflection and dedication, which paid fitting tribute tothose who gave ‘their tomorrows for our todays’. We were grateful for allperformers giving their time and talents to raise funds for service personnel,and their families. to whom we owe so much.

We would also like to thank all students at St BlasiusPrimary for developing the ‘Living Cross’ of bulbs (donated by Shanklin Rotary)and enabling younger people to appreciate the sacrifice made in the Great War,sacrifices that have shaped the world we live in today.

Special thanks to Michael Gel, from Shanklin RBL, and all ofthe Poppy Appeal collectors, for their efforts to fundraise to support past, presentand future service personnel, and their families.

And finally, we would would like to thank all those involvedwith this years’ Remembrance Sunday, from the Shanklin shops which organisedwindow displays to all of the Poppy collectors that help raise funds for theRoyal British Legion; and all involved in Sunday’s Remembrance service,including Mark Watson, Shanklin Town Brass Band, Traci Stockman, MemorialCurator Terry Carpenter, Bugler Mitch Jones, Standard Bearer Gary Ashley andParade Marshall Steve Rogers, the Army Cadets, the Rev Tony Richards and all ofthe standard bearers and wreath layers, for their contribution to this year’scommemoration.

With apologies to all those not individually mentioned, wehave been privileged to have been involved and engaged in commemorative eventsacross the generations and across the town that honour the sacrifice made inboth world wars and other conflicts, and we are committed to ensuring that2018’s Centenary Commemorations meet the expectations of the community that weserve.

 


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