The Mayors of Shanklin and Sandown, as well as the Chair of Lake Parish Council, have this week joined bell ringers from Shanklin’s St Saviours Church to commemorate the Centenary of the end of World War I.
Cllr Steve Knight, Cllr Jacquie Mereweather and Sue Horton witnessed the ringing of the bells in honour of the residents that made the ultimate sacrifice.
St Saviours’ Tower Captain Keiran Downer and his team rang 105 bells (Shanklin), 78 bells (Sandown) and 58 bells (Lake). This was followed by a special Poppy laying at the war memorial involving local Brownies.
Mayor Steve Knight said:
“Thanks to Keiran, Barry and the team for this special commemoration – the chimes were exactly as they would have been heard by residents of Shanklin in November 1918, and it was a very poignant evening”.
The bell ringers have organised over 30 special commemorative events since 2014, to recognise the centenaries of local bell-ringers from 100 years ago that served in the War and did not come back. The names of the fallen are contained in a special book, along with details of their lives and the team that honoured their memories with a special tribute.
“It was fitting that, along with Sandown and Lake, we paid tribute to the sacrifices made across the Bay, and we know local residents will be participating in their respective services over Remembrance weekend, including the Brownies and Scouts who were a part of this evening”.
Shanklin’s service is at 11:00 on Sunday 11th November at Shanklin’s War Memorial with road closures in place from 10:30. The bells at St Saviours will also be ringing prior to the Service.
VIDEO – Tower Captain Keiran Downer and the chimes, as would have been heard in 1918.