Lavenham rallies to raise funds for Tommy tribute ahead of Remembrance Day commemorations
Faced with the prospect of Lavenham being without a Tommy statue memorial for this weekend’s Remembrance Day commemorations, Bruce Goddard decided he had to rectify the situation.
Just 10 days later, he had collected almost £1,000, through a variety of fundraisers and pledges, to pay for the Tommy tribute, which is now installed in Market Place in time to mark the centenary of Armistice Day.
Mr Goddard told the Free Press he decided to lend a hand after learning from Mick Petty, chairman of the Lavenham First World War Centenary Committee, that there was a shortfall.
“I was aghast that they didn’t have the funds, so I set off fundraising around the village,” he said.
“I recognised the good people of Lavenham would come to the fore when they were needed, but I was very pleasantly surprised by how quick the money was raised.”
Events included a quiz night at the Angel pub and a charity wine tasting at Number Ten Wine Bar.
The Tommy statue now stands in front of a wall of memorials put together by Mark Consadine, who has fixed named crosses to commemorate each person from Lavenham who was lost during the war, on the centenary of the date that they died.
Lavenham is holding a remembrance parade and service on Sunday morning, followed by the lighting of the commemorative beacon in Market Place at 6.30pm.