Com­mem­o­ra­tion event launches Wok­ing­ham’s Poppy Ap­peal

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS - By JAMES HAST­INGS

WOK­ING­HAM launched its com­mem­o­ra­tion of the 100th an­niver­sary of the end of the

First World War at the week­end with the solemn plant­ing of the first cross on the Field of Re­mem­brance.

The act, by Wok­ing­ham town mayor Cllr Ju­lian McGhee0Sum­ner, was part of a spe­cial event held at the town hall on Satur­day, mark­ing the start of a se­ries of events which will end with the tra­di­tional Re­mem­brance Pa­rade on Sun­day, Novem­ber 11.

The Wok­ing­ham Poppy Ap­peal and Wok­ing­ham Town Coun­cil joined forces to mark the cen­te­nary of First World War and launch the town’s 2018 Poppy Ap­peal.

David Dun­ham, who or­gan­ised the unique com­mem­o­ra­tion, said it was de­signed to be a spe­cial trib­ute for the cen­te­nary of the end of the Great War.

“We were very pleased with the steady stream of peo­ple at­tend­ing through­out the day,” he said.

“Many took the op­por­tu­nity to make their own pop­pies or to see how wreathes were made.

“The Barkham Hook­ers were fab­u­lous with their cro­chet pop­pies and the War Graves Com­mis­sion also had a dis­play.”

David, who has been or­gan­is­ing the town’s Re­mem­brance events for the past 12 years, said this year's com­mem­o­ra­tion was ‘ex­tra spe­cial’.

“Peo­ple in Wok­ing­ham have al­ways been gen­er­ous to the ap­peal,” he ex­plained.

“In re­cent years with all the re­gen­er­a­tion go­ing on in the town cen­tre, it has been dif­fi­cult to or­gan­ise events so it was es­pe­cially wel­com­ing to have the space and op­por­tu­nity to com­mem­o­rate the 100th an­niver­sary in such a won­der­ful way.

“Spe­cial thanks should go to Cllr Tony Lack who built the Field of Re­mem­brance and, of course, to the won­der­ful Barkham Hook­ers.

“Of course, ev­ery year is spe­cial and I am de­lighted at the man­ner in which the town hon­ours Re­mem­brance events and do­nate so gen­er­ously to the Poppy Ap­peal.

“I think the cen­te­nary of World War One is a unique op­por­tu­nity to re­mem­ber what ser­vice per­son­nel went through, as well as what their fam­i­lies and loved ones went through. It is the same to­day for the armed forces and their fam­i­lies.”

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Gra­ham (left) & An­gela Wright (right) show­ing John Cahill some of their WW1 mem­o­ra­bilia

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