Bromyard Royal British Legion Poppy Festival VE & VJ `VICTORY 75`
Our third annual Bromyard RBL Poppy Festival will run from 31st October until the 20th November 2020 in St Peter’s Church Bromyard, with the church open 9am to 5.00pm daily
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This Poppy Festival will commemorate Victory in Europe and Japan 75.
How did we reach these victories 75 years ago, we show how the millions back in the United Kingdom known as the `Home Front` supported our troops to enable them to fight and defeat our enemies? All sorts of schemes were running, like `Digging for Victory`, Bromyardians supporting Warships Week by raising £220.000 to re-fit HMS Vivien, locals collecting metals for the Spitfire fund. Rags, bone, paper, jam jars, string and wool collected as salvage, rosehips and wild berries gathered and made into jams and preserves to feed the population and the troops.
Many organisations new and old worked valiantly with war efforts: The Women’s Voluntary Service, Scouts, Guides, Royal Observer Corps, Munition workers, Civil Defence, Home Guard, Women’s Land Army, Fire Service, Police, Women’s Institute, Local Defence Volunteers, Air Raid Wardens, with all manner of and new WW2 Committees set up in Bromyard.
There will be a WW2 family memory wall where local people can put up photographs and add their own stories of their loved ones who were involved with WW2.
An area will also feature the POW’s who lived in and around Bromyard during WW2 working on our farms.
Photographs and the history of HMS Vivien will be on display.
This Festival is put together under the direction of Bromyard Royal British Legion, it is a community project and all the displays are made by the Schools, Clubs, Societies and Organisations in Bromyard and the locale.
For further information please contact Major (Retd) Jan Brodie-Murphy, Vice chair Bromyard RBL firstname.lastname@example.org 07900394345