‘A heart­warm­ing com­mem­o­ra­tion to our war he­roes’

Leek Post & Times - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

EN­DON with Stan­ley Par­ish Coun­cil owe a huge debt of grat­i­tude to the hun­dreds of res­i­dents who sup­ported the ‘Bat­tle’s Over’ on Re­mem­brance Sun­day night, many of whom had helped and con­trib­uted to­wards plan­ning, pro­mot­ing and pro­duc­ing the event. From mod­est be­gin­nings, ‘Bat­tle’s Over’ devel­oped into a heart­warm­ing com­mem­o­ra­tion which had a bril­liant com­mu­nity spirit.

All three of En­don’s schools were prom­i­nent in the pro­ceed­ings, pro­duc­ing out­stand­ing art­work and po­etry. En­don High School His­tory depart­ment loaned a host of in­ter­est­ing WW1 arte­facts which com­ple­mented the many items of per­sonal mem­o­ra­bilia shared by so many res­i­dents.

En­don Com­mu­nity Choir was in fine voice and un­der the ba­ton of Dan Holling­shurst gave us a pro­gramme which moved and de­lighted.

We were so very pleased that Roy Hor­ley WW2 vet­eran and re­cip­i­ent of The Le­gion of Hon­our medal was able to as­sist with the light­ing of the Bea­con of Light. Roy is 102 years of age and was able to stay through­out the evening and as­sured us that he had thor­oughly en­joyed him­self.

Roy was ac­com­pa­nied by a guard of Hon­our from Stock­ton Brook Army Cadet Force who lent both dig­nity and re­spect to the oc­ca­sion. En­don Scouts and Guides acted as mar­shals through­out the evening, for which we were very grate­ful.

En­don res­i­dents and mem­bers of com­mu­nity groups en­ter­tained the packed hall with a va­ri­ety of po­etry read­ings, songs and WW1 re­lated mu­sic.

En­don High has the dis­tinc­tion of nur­tur­ing two Stafford­shire Youth Poet Lau­re­ates, Matilda Hous­ton Brown and cur­rently Lily Massey. Both had writ­ten poignant po­ems es­pe­cially for the event and de­liv­ered them with style. Ly­dia Ab­botts, who is also a stu­dent at En­don High School, sang the song John Con­don beau­ti­fully with emo­tion and res­o­nance.

At the close of this spe­cial evening the au­di­ence thanked Fred Gold­straw for his in­spi­ra­tional con­tri­bu­tion to the vil­lage in the form of hun­dreds of pop­pies which he con­structed and dis­played.

Fred was as­sisted in this by mem­bers of The Boat Club, The Well Dress­ing Com­mit­tee, St Luke’s Academy, En­don Hall and St Luke’s Church.

Re­fresh­ments were gen­er­ously supplied by St Luke’s and En­don Methodist Church and all do­na­tions were given to our cho­sen char­ity Help for He­roes.

Fi­nally it was an evening of to­geth­er­ness and pride which was re­alised in the way res­i­dents con­trib­uted to such a wor­thy cause. Suzanne Sil­li­toe, chair­man, En­don with Stan­ley Par­ish Coun­cil

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