From Shanklin mayor/mayoress Steve and Esther Knight, and former mayors John and Linda Fleming, Denyse Larner, Jon Gilbey and Richard Priest:

We are writing to thank all those who have contributed to the commemorative events, in Shanklin and across the Bay (and Island), to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War and honour the sacrifices made 100 years ago.

Children in all Bay primary schools have written poems and designed (and received) commemorative mugs; they have created living crosses (thanks to Rotary); they have made and laid poppy pebbles; and they have paid other tributes in memory of those service personnel, 100 or more years ago, who would have been pupils in those same schools. Other young residents of the Bay contributed to the commemoration of war graves in Christ Church, bell ringing in St Saviour’s, knitting poppies (105 for each resident of Shanklin that did not return), an exhibition in the library, a Remembrance Day theatre concert, and a range other activities.

We are sure across the Island, and beyond, the sacrifices made 100 years ago have been fittingly honoured and remembered.