- to Linden Bridge
Monday's opening of the Remembrance Garden at Bourne Hall, Ewell, felt especially poignant this year. Wednesday this week marked exactly 100 years since the last soldier from the borough of Epsom and Ewell was killed as the First World War drew to a close. Over the four devastating years of "The Great War" 455 men from the borough lost their lives; many more suffered life-changing injuries. Children from schools across the borough were invited to lay commemorative crosses to remember each of those 455 young men. Students from Linden Bridge felt honoured to take part. Two students felt brave enough to read out the remembrance poems they had written as part of FED CR's unit studying the poetry and history of World War 1. It was with tremendous pride that Keira and I watched our students taking part in this community event, reading out their work with passion and expression, watched by the Mayor and other dignitaries.
We have today been looking at Danny Boyle's Pages of the Sea project, taking place on beaches across the UK this Sunday. If I wasn't singing at an Armistice event in Mons, Belgium, I would love to join Danny Boyle on Folkestone Beach, where the poet Wilfred Owen took his last swim before heading for France, over 100 years ago - or at Bourne Hall's lighting of the beacon event at 6pm on Sunday.
Wishing everyone a peaceful Armistice weekend,