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Gosberton's half-mile of giant poppies create a 'road of remembrance'




Gosberton has a road of remembrance with giant poppies adorning lampposts along a half-mile stretch of High Street.

The two-dozen poppies are there for the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI and to raise the profile of Gosberton branch of The Royal British Legion (RBL).

The Vicar of Gosberton, the Rev Ian Walters, is the current chairman of the RBL branch and his church, St Peter and St Paul’s, has a banner to mark the 100th anniversary.

RBL chairman and chaplain Ian Walters, president Major Ron Meredith and treasurer Debbie Reynolds. (221018-4).
RBL chairman and chaplain Ian Walters, president Major Ron Meredith and treasurer Debbie Reynolds. (221018-4).

Mr Walters said: “Following the sad demise of our chairman (Gene Waterfall) last year, we thought we had to do something to really raise the profile of the work of The Royal British Legion, and the existence of the branch in the community, and to remind people of the 100 years since the Armistice, which is being celebrated this November.”

Remembrance Sunday falls on the 11th this year and there will be an inter-denominational service at Gosberton Methodist Church in Salem Street at 10am, followed by the traditional poppy wreath laying at the war memorial with people gathering just before 11am.

Mr Walters said Gosberton Public Hall will then open its doors to provide a free soup lunch to anyone who goes to the 11am ceremony.

The RBL has also provided a couple ofgiant poppies for remembrance at Gosberton Risegate.

District councillor Jane King has funded a WWI Tommy at Gosberton War Memorial as well as a WWI airman for Risegate’s memorial at Siltside, which will go alongside a new granite stone provided by the Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust.

The Tommy was funded by district councillor Jane King from her ward budget. (221018-7)
The Tommy was funded by district councillor Jane King from her ward budget. (221018-7)

Royal Aircraft Factory FE2b fighters of No 38 Squadron used the airfield as a Home Defence landing ground until the unit moved to France in May 1918.

The aifrield remained in use until 1919.

GosbertonRBL branch currently has 50 members but only seven or eight attend meetings and it is hoped more people will join.

Mr Walters says members don’t need an ex-services background and there are opportunities for children aged 12 and above to join the junior section.

For information on joining please call Mr Walters on 01775 840694.

* Tommy silhouettes are appearing at other South Holland sites.


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