Christ Church’s commemoration of D-Day 80

Sandown’s Christ Church commemorated D-Day 80 with a special Pentecost service.

There were readings from the Island’s Lord-Lieutenant, Susie Sheldon, and High Sheriff, Graham Biss, as well as the D-Day 80 Poem, read by local school children Lexi Summers, Layla-Mai Covell and Harry Wackrill. The service was led by Rev Mark Williams.

Dave Plummer conducted the Sandown & Shanklin Military Band, with bugler, Stuart Kent, playing the Last Post and Reveille.

Ex-service personnel, Frank Baldry and Ian Ward, recited the Exhortation and Kohima Epitaph, and the congregation of 150 were led in prayers by church warden, Alec Weaver.

Mrs Sheldon said: “With the Island, and the nation, preparing to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of D-Day, the service was a fitting tribute to the memories of those involved at Normandy and the liberation of Europe.”

Graham Biss added: “It was good to see local school children recognising the anniversary and service personnel and local community groups involved in the service, especially as Christ Church was the Garrison Church for Sandown.”

The commemoration also marked the 80th anniversary of the battle of Monte Cassino, and concluded with the Mayors of Sandown and Shanklin, and the chairman of Lake Parish Council, signing the Armed Forces Covenant with the IW Council’s armed forces champion, Cllr Ian Dore.

Rev Mark Williams welcomed the Bay community, commemorating the events of 1944 and the debt owed to the generation that ensured the freedoms we enjoy today.