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MEMORIAL GARDEN DEDICATED TO THE RAILWAYMEN OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR

The Last Post rang out across Ryde Esplanade Train Station yesterday (Monday) during the dedication of a memorial garden commemorating railwaymen from across the Island who died in the First World War.

Surrounded by primary school children and flanked by 2 ‘soldiers’ in First World War uniform, Rev Sue Theobald of St John’s, Ryde conducted a dedication service.

Mayor of Ryde Malcolm Ross, Community Kids group members from The Bay C of E Primary School and Dover Park Primary School, Island Line staff, Chairman of the Royal Parks Guild Mike Fitt OBE, Bill Wyke from Community Kids and Heath Monaghan, Director of Aspire Ryde, were among those who attended.

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There was a minute’s silence and The Last Post and Reveille were played by Bob Nicholas, until retirement Principal Trumpet with the BBC Concert Orchestra, who now plays for the Bob Howarth Big Band.

It is planned to install a plaque bearing the names of railway staff who died in the First World War.

Report and photos by Peter Gruner

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