Royal British Legion members in Ryde will celebrate the Armistice with the return of their Festival of Remembrance next Saturday (27th October) at All Saints Church from 19:30.
The Festival will include poems written for every year of the war, including 1 written for the first Poppy appeal. The last poem to be read will be a new poem by Sir Andrew Motion, Poet Laurate, written especially for this remembrance time.
One of the highlights of the evening will be the presentation of a Book of Remembrance in memory of those who have laid down their lives for our freedom. It lists names from the Ryde Town Memorial in Lind Street, the Church Memorial, School Memorials and Work Memorials – it does not, however, list individual private memorials, of which there are many.
The Book of Remembrance will be presented to the Mayor of Ryde, Councillor Malcom Rose, by Mrs Susan Taylor, daughter of the late Gordon White who organised the Festival from 1954 up to 1999.
Those taking part in the Festival include Wight Diamonds Marching Band, Mountbatten Hospice Community Choir, Ryde Sea Cadets, The Lone Pipers, All Saints Choir, organist Andrew Cooper, Rev Canon Howard Barker and Ryde RBL Branch Chaplain, Rev Veronica Brown.
Admission will be by donation with all proceeds going to The Poppy appeal.
This Festival has been made possible thanks to All Saints Parish Church who have kindly printed the program free of charge, Ryde Town Council who have facilitated the poster printing and everyone giving their time for free.
The book of Remembrance has been compiled, printed and bound by a Ryde Resident free in memory of Town folk. There is a copy at the Ryde Heritage Centre for the everyone to refer to for research.