Ankermoor Court residents commemorate WW1 centenary

Wednesday, 30th July 2014

A themed event to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War was organised for residents of Ankermoor Court and their families.

Ankermoor Court’s oldest resident, 95-year-old Joan Bolton, with Mayor of Tamworth Cllr Richard Kingstone.

Ankermoor Court’s oldest resident, 95-year-old Joan Bolton, with Mayor of Tamworth Cllr Richard Kingstone.

Around 60 people came along to the event at the sheltered scheme in Bolehall, where the guests also included Mayor of Tamworth Cllr Richard Kingstone, representatives from the Tamworth Army Cadet Force and Tamworth Borough Council Chief Executive Anthony Goodwin – a former Major in the Royal Marines.

Residents and guests were treated to refreshments and entertainment at the event on Monday, but the solemn nature of the commemorations was observed with a two-minute silence and a short prayer.

The event was organised by Ankermoor Court’s Independent Living Manger, Brenda Reader – who herself served in the Royal Navy – as a commemoration of the Great War centenary, as five of the scheme’s residents have direct links with soldiers who served in the conflict.

Cllr Michael Greatorex, Cabinet member for public housing, was also at Monday’s event. He said: “It was a wonderful opportunity to commemorate the start of the First World War and to pay our respects to those who fought and died. Those who came along really appreciated it.”

Mayor of Tamworth Cllr Richard Kingstone and Tamworth Borough Council Chief Executive Anthony Goodwin, flanked by members of the Tamworth Army Cadet Force.

Mayor of Tamworth Cllr Richard Kingstone and Tamworth Borough Council Chief Executive Anthony Goodwin, flanked by members of the Tamworth Army Cadet Force.