Soldier Day anniversary

NEAALM101110F1 - Heritage group awarded funds to research life during ww1 and ww2 l-r Martyn Taylor-Cockayne, Jeff North, Carol Taylor-Cockayne, Richard Rybij, Tina Moult and Phil Renshaw
NEAALM101110F1 - Heritage group awarded funds to research life during ww1 and ww2 l-r Martyn Taylor-Cockayne, Jeff North, Carol Taylor-Cockayne, Richard Rybij, Tina Moult and Phil Renshaw

AN annual event to celebrate the return of a memorial statue in Jacksdale is to take place this weekend.

Events and activities will take place to mark the second anniversary of the return of the village’s war memorial soldier.

After years of hard work by two local community groups, a soldier statue was placed on top of the village war memorial to replace the original blown off in a storm over 50 years ago.

The programme of events kicks off noon with a service at the memorial itself, led by The Pye Hill Male Voice Choir.

There will be a boxing display, live singers, stalls, games, maypole dancing, a dog show, arts and crafts and a bouncy castle.

Pupils from Jacksdale Primary School will launch a book about the village 100 years ago, and two giant canvasses depicting the original memorial in 1921 and the new one will be unveiled.

Admission is free and all the proceeds from the day will go to Jacksdale and Westwood community funds and John Eastwood Hospice.

Tina Moult, chair of BADJER, said: “It is going to be a great family day. Games and refreshments have all been pitched at affordable prices for families so we hope to raise a good sum for our deserving causes. Everyone attending will be made very welcome.”