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WWI CENTENARY COMMEMORATED IN SHANKLIN

L-R: Cllr Esther Knight, Ray Phillips, Cllr Sue Godden, Rev Tony Richard and Curator Terry Carpenter

Shanklin Town Council, together with the Royal British Legion and local Churches, have marked 100 days until Remembrance Day with a blessing of 2 commemorative benches at Shanklin’s War Memorial.

The blessing took place yesterday (Friday) in the heart of the Old Village.

Mayoress Councillor Esther Knight said:

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“The Town Council have worked, with partner agencies, to recognise the sacrifices made by residents and service personnel during both world wars, and other conflicts, and our continued maintenance of the memorial and grounds reflects the respect we have for the sacrifices made across the generations”.

Memorial Curator, and Green Town Volunteer, Terry Carpenter added:

“The Benches are a fitting tribute to the memories of all recognised on the memorials at the Town’s Cenotaph, as well as highlighting the plans to commemorate the Centenary of the end of World War 1 on Sunday 11th November 2018”.

The Local Council, with public subscription, funded the original Cenotaph in the 1920’s as well as the additional gates, commemorative stone and accessible path. The cross was renovated in 2014 with a rededication by the Bishop and Lord Lieutenant – together with a special bulb planting commemoration initiated by Prince Edward, also in 2014.

Esther concluded:

“Shanklin continues to respect and recognise the contributions, and sacrifices, made across the generations, and the provision of commemorative benches in this most significant of years reflects the commitment we have in honouring their memories”.

Picture (L-R) – Cllr Esther Knight, RBL Ray Phillips, Cllr  Sue Godden, Rev Tony Richard, Curator Terry Carpenter

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