A series of events will take place on the Isle of Wight throughout this week to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.

The country – and the Island – will fall silent on 11 November to commemorate the signing of the Armistice for the Great War.

As previously reported, there’ll be two main events in the Newport area as well as a number of other events across the Island.

Ryde

Ryde Library has opened a World War One exhibition for the public to come and view.

Library staff and more than 70 volunteers have spent weeks making the remembrance poppies and building the exhibition.

Each poppy presents the name and age of more than 650 Ryde residents who died during the First World War.


Also in Ryde, pupils from Haylands and Dover Park primary schools have helped to create a cascade of poppies at St Michael’s Church.

Members of the public are being invited to the grand-reveal of the display on Saturday (10), and to hang a label to remember someone on the church’s role of honour.

Totland

The West Wight Slipshod Singers will perform with guests at Christ Church in Totland on Sunday (11) in a Poppy Day Appeal Concert.

Starting at 7pm, it’ll see the Slipshods sing a selection of ballads and songs which were
popular during the two World Wars which they say “reflect the hopes and fears of service personnel and their loved ones.”

Guest singers this year include soprano Jenny Manners (a member of the St Michaels Church Choir and the Shalfleet Shanty Singers) and tenor Bob Everson (who sings with Wight Harmony and the Elderberries).

Refreshments will be available during the interval and there will be a retiring collection at the end of the concert with the proceeds going to the Poppy Day Appeal Fund.

St Lawrence

A World War One exhibition, featuring those from the town (and some from surrounding villages) who died and served in the war, will be on show at St Lawrence Parish Church from Tuesday (6).

It’s taking place between 11am and 4pm.

Refreshments will also be available whilst the exhibition is browsed.

Newport

The Isle of Wight Highland Pipes and Drums, the Island’s first and only Scottish pipes band, will perform at the military cemetery on Forest Road on Sunday (11).

It is part of the nationwide ‘Battle’s O’er’ event.

This will see various pipers from across the county play the Pipe Major William Robb composition, ‘When the Battle’s O’er’, simultaneously at 6am.

Mountbatten’s Knit and Natter group has also been busy at work. They have create this display of tributes…

Freshwater

A display to remember and honour men and women from the West Wight who fought in World War One will be hosted next door to J & B Fisheries on Avenue Road.

 

Bembridge

In Bembridge a commemoration corner has been created near to the village’s war memorial.

While Bembridge Rainbows have been busy at work making poppies.

Bembridge Rainbow, Mia Clark proudly showing off her handmade poppy.



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