Remembrance Sunday 2021
A service was held at the War Memorial in Sandown from 10:15am on Sunday, 14 November 2021.
Order of Service
The service was delivered by Reverend Mark Williams and Reverend Jonathan Hall with 3 Troop Sandown Cadets providing the Guard, with the Sandown and Shanklin Military Band supporting the service along with Bugler Stuart Kent.
The Deputy Lord Lieutenant Caroline Peel attended the event and wreaths were laid by a number of organisations including representatives from the town council, RBL, armed forces, territorial and reserve forces, uniformed public services, cadet forces, local voluntary groups and youth organisations.
Armistice Day 2021
Deputy Lord Lieutenant Caroline Peel, and Sandown Town Mayor Paddy Lightfoot, led commemorative events in Sandown on Armistice Day, ahead of Sunday's Remembrance Day services. A short ceremony was held at the memorial.
The town council also arranged for children of the Bay CE School to design poppies to be displayed in the library windows.
Poppy designs from the Library 1-20
Poppy designs from the Library 21-40
Poppy designs from the Library 41-60
Poppy designs from the Library 61-80
Poppy designs from the Library 81-91
A short private service was also held at the animal memorial at the Broadway Centre at 11am and a wreath laid in remembrance of the animals who lost their lives.
100 Year Commemoration
The esplanade memorial was 100 years old on 25 July 2021. HRH Prince Michael of Kent visited the site to commemorate the centenary as well as the Island’s Lord Lieutenant Susie Sheldon, and the High Sheriff James Attrill DL.
Other guests included members of the Sandown & Shanklin Independent Lifeboat, descendants of service personnel named on the memorial, the Head of the Bay CE Primary School and pupils from the school with governors Rev Williams and Rev Hall, who presented Prince Michael with a set of mugs specially designed by pupils from the school.
Mug Designs 1 – 30
Mug Designs 31 – 60
Mug Designs 61 – 96
A commemorative film, involving local school children has also been made Sandown Memorial - The First 100 Years
Remembrance/Armistice Day 2020
As a result of Covid-19 restrictions and the national lockdown planned Remembrance Services and ceremonies were not able to take place.
Wreath laying ceremonies were brought forward to 4 November 2020 and attended by the High Sheriff, Mayor, Chairman of the Isle of Wight British Legion and councillors.
Children from the Bay primary wrote poems which were to included in the planned service at Christ Church.
2020 Remembrance Poems by the Bay Primary School
Residents are encouraged to take part in the two minute silence on their doorstep, or inside their homes, as a mark of remembrance at 11am on Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day (Wednesday 11 November).
Homes and businesses are being encouraged to mark Remembrance Sunday and show support for the armed forces community by displaying a poppy in their window.
This could be a traditional Royal British Legion paper poppy, a homemade poppy, a coloured-in poppy or a printed picture. There are pictures of poppies available to download and print from the Royal British Legion website
VJ Day 2020 - VJ Day@75
Following the cancellation of VE Day @75 events due to the first national lockdown, a small event, in line with government Covid-19 guidance was held. Military Vehicles transported dignitaries including the Lord Lieutenant, accompanied by a cadet escort, the High Sheriff and the Mayor to the memorials across the bay for wreath laying ceremonies, though it was not possible to open the events to the public.
A service was then held beside the commonwealth war graves at Christ Church which was also attended by representatives from the Burma Star Association, the Royal British Legion and councillors.
Pupils of the Bay Primary School had been asked to design a flag to commemorate the date. The winning design, by Evie Fairhurst, was raised in the graveyard at the church.