Tommy’s on parade at Parson Drove

The children of Alderman Payne School in Parson Drove are putting the final touches to the silhouett

The children of Alderman Payne School in Parson Drove are putting the final touches to the silhouettes that represent soldiers who fell from Parson Drove during the First World War. - Credit: Archant

Fifteen Tommy silhouettes representing soldiers from Parson Drove who fought during the First World War will play an important part in a memorial service.

The children of Alderman Payne School are putting the final touches to the silhouettes, which are made by Roger Reader, designed by district councillor Sarah Bligh, with materials supplied by Nixon Timber.

There are fifteen Tommy’s representing those from the village who fell, plus one to represent the unknown soldiers.

The silhouettes are on display outside the school in the run up to Saturday (November 10) when they will be taken by the pupils to Parson Drove Village Hall and included in a display of exhibits and memorabilia.

This will include items from the Museum of Technology and the Fenland and West Norfolk Aviation Museum. The display is being held there from 10am to 2pm.

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Residents are being asked to bring along any artefacts or memorabilia they may have and share memories with others.

The Tommy’s will then be taken into the church and placed on pews during the Sunday service in Emmanuel Church at 10:45am and from there they will be taken by volunteers to the War Memorial Cenotaph on the village green.

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The people of Parson Drove are appealing to anyone related to those who fell to come along to the church service at Emmanuel Church to help volunteers to carry them to the cenotaph where they will be placed in parade order.

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