Sec­ond World War vet­eran to share re­mem­brances

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To mark the 100th Re­mem­brance Day in Canada, a Strat­ford Sec­ond World War vet­eran will be shar­ing sto­ries of his time with the Royal Navy this Sat­ur­day evening at St. James’ Angli­can Church.

At 92, Teddy Payne has been a good­will am­bas­sador for Strat­ford since he moved to the city in 1990. A cel­e­brated artist and author, Payne will be shar­ing sto­ries of he and his fa­ther’s wartime ex­pe­ri­ences be­gin­ning at 7 p.m.

At only 17, Payne signed up with the Royal Navy, serv­ing on con­voy duty in the At­lantic and help­ing to lib­er­ate the Philip­pines and In­done­sia dur­ing the Sec­ond World War.

Payne will be joined by ac­tor/ singer David Kee­ley, Angli­can min­is­ter Tim El­liott on pi­ano, and singer Kirsten Pfaff, who will help blend the vet­eran’s sto­ries with pop­u­lar wartime songs. Au­di­ence mem­bers are in­vited to sing along, if they wish.

There is no charge for ad­mis­sion. In­stead, those who at­tend will have the op­tion to make an of­fer­ing, pro­ceeds from which will be donated to The Spaf­ford Chil­dren’s Cen­ter in Jerusalem, a non-sec­tar­ian med­i­cal cen­tre started by Payne’s rel­a­tives in the 1880 that helps those in need re­gard­less of race, re­li­gion, or cul­tural back­ground.

At­ten­dees will also have the op­tion to pur­chase a book of Payne’s sto­ries and po­ems from the war. At $20 each, only 100 copies will be avail­able dur­ing the re­cep­tion fol­low­ing the event.

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