2017 was a memorable year at Brackfield Wood in Northern Ireland. Great progress has been made at the Centenary Wood, one of four being created across the UK to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. This year brings a challenge, but we’re on the right track.
A fitting end to the year
We finished 2017 on a high, with a poignant tree-planting ceremony taking place at Brackfield Wood on an autumnal Armistice Day, Saturday 11 November.
Two Chelsea Pensioners, escorted by members of the Royal British Legion, planted an oak in memory of those who lost lives and loved ones during the First World War.
The popular scarlet-coated veterans, Walter Swan and Eddie Reid, received the most heart-warming welcome. Over 100 onlookers lined the pathway as the two visitors approached, before rallying round for the ceremonial planting and Walter’s reading of ‘For the Fallen’.
Played by local man and British Empire Medal recipient, William Sayers, ‘The Last Post’ and ‘The Reveille’ added the finishing touches to an unforgettable day.