Updated: Feb 4, 2021
As the Creative Director at Blade Education, I am immensely proud of the Remembrance projects we have done in the past with the Leigh-on-Sea Branch of the Royal British Legion. In 2017 their members helped Southend Schools Festival of Remembrance transform the Rose Garden and with the help of thousands of school children we created a giant waterfall on Southend Seafront. The next year, London Southend Airport hosted a poppy garden and tapestry exhibition created by local people and children. In 2020 the plan was to celebrate VE75 in fabulous style on Southend Pier. When Covid-19 meant our original plans had to be put on hold, the HMS Leigh Team moved online and the Make Do and Mend Festival reached over 140K people.
The HMS Leigh Team are now building VE76 May 6th-9th 2021 on Southend Pier, but as we know how important Remembrance Sunday is we thought that we would do our part to help everyone be together safely during a lockdown.
With the help of Father David Wylie, RN, Brendan Elwell and the Last Post being played by Peter Bearman, we were out filming on Tuesday at Southend Cenotaph for the Remembrance Schools Service and for the Doorstep Service to be available on Remembrance Sunday 2020 and beyond.
The Doorstep service is meant to be played on devices while we stand and remember those past present and future who served or are serving our country. If you want to know more about when the services will be available please go to www.hmsleigh.org.uk or follow us on Facebook.