A big hand for St James's Day

By Mal Butler

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

 

A big hand for St James's Day

The Gloved Hand makes its appearance with, from left, Sylvia Mence, Bernie Tucker and Richard Leonard. Picture by NATHAN LEWIS

MEMORIES from the First World War were on display as part of St James's Day at Yarmouth Town Hall on Sunday.

The photographs, uniforms, weapons and a Princess Beatrice Isle of Wight Rifles Flag were organised by Cllr Rod Corbett and paid tribute to the people of Yarmouth and Thorley who fought in the Great War.

Cllr Corbett said: "The Isle of Wight Rifles lost many of their members in Gallipoli and the Middle East.

"The 1st/5th Howitzer Battery, Royal Field Artillery were also represented in the display. They fought in Kut in the Middle East and were forced to surrender and faced terrible conditions in a prisoner of war camp with many starving to death."

As part of the St James's Day celebrations, the famous Gloved Hand was on show from the top window of the Town Hall.

The tradition goes back to 1609, when King James granted the town its seventh, and last, charter.

The First World War exhibition will be open again on Sunday the day before war was declared.

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