Tributes to honour fallen heroes of the ‘Great War’

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More than 100 members and supporters of Eastwood Age Concern joined forces to pay tribute to the fallen heroes of World War One.

The Colin Dyson Centre on Edward Road hosted commemorative events across four days that provided entertainment and fun as well as bringing back the painful memories of the bloody conflict, which is also known as the ‘Great War’.

Special guests included the Sheriff of Nottingham, Cllr Jackie Morris, and Eastwood’s Mayor Cllr Ken Woodhead, who laid a poppy wreath on a home-made cenotaph.

Cllr Woodhead gave a thought provoking speech and as well as singling out the local men and women who died in the First World War. He spoke of the bravery of others who fought for freedom.

During Eastwood Age Concern’s four-day commemoration, trustees of the group, including chairman Kath Shaw, vice-chairman Wally Shaw, secretary Bob Dunn and treasurer Josie Marsters played a big part in providing for the needs of members in attendance.

Two cooks, Joanne Brown and Corinne Steel, rustled up tasty meals for members.

Making a big contribution with a World War One singalong was entertainer Johnny Victory while Jean Richards of the Assemblies of God Church sang for those present and Richard Dodge gave a talk about the Great 
War and The Royal British Legion.

Attendee Amy Hallam, 94, from Newthorpe, praised Age Concern’s organisers for the fantastic day.

He said: “It was a wonderful day and worthy commemorative programme which touched the hearts of many.”

Trustee Josie Marsters added: “Loved ones involved in the conflict, those who are named on Eastwood’s War memorials, and others who sacrificed their lives have been fondly remembered in our special tribute week.”