Nostalgic concert in Tonbridge to celebrate centenary of Armistice

What the garden looked like before

The concert features music from the Great War, the 1920s and ’30s, with all proceeds going to the towns’ Poppy Appeal.

The programme begins at 7.15pm and features a singalong with Tom Carradine with a bar provided by the Tonbridge Old Fire Station, followed by performances by Champagne Charlie and Bubbly Boys and Lili La Scala in the Medway Hall.

There will also be a photographic display, wartime artefacts and a vintage stall, and prizes for those who come in vintage dress.

Tickets cost £15 and are available from Mr Books bookshop at No 142 High Street, Tonbridge or by calling 07450 577610.

KEEPING TIME: Tom Carradine will be performing popular songs from a century ago

The town’s Poppy Appeal will be launched the day before [October 25] from 11am to 12pm at the Big Bridge.

The bridge has been decorated with knitted poppies that were created by members of the community.

They were stitched together by a group who regularly meet up with local historian and Royal British Legion deputy organiser Pam Mills.

The poppies spell out the words ‘Thank you’, which forms part of a national campaign expressing gratitude for the sacrifice of Armed Forces veterans, and ‘1918-2018 3000’ in recognition of the number of men from the town who went off to fight in WWI.

The launch will be attended by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Kent, Jacques Arnold.

Mrs Mills said: “We wanted to do something specific to mark this year’s campaign by the Royal British Legion, so a nice big ‘thank you’, among other things, were made to show our appreciation for all our Armed Forces personnel.

“Everyone is welcome to come to the unveiling – especially veterans and their families.

“We as a town have always supported the remembrance, and the Armistice service this year will also prove a bit special.”

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