A large number of friends and relatives of people who came back from the Far East after being held captive in prisoner of war camps returned to Southampton to the FEPOW memorial in Town Quay Park, to remember those who are no longer with us. As always they were led by 97 year old Bob Hucklesby, one of the former prisoners of war who is the driving force behind FEPOW and this annual event. Despite being in a wheelchair this year, Bob led the procession from the Dancing Man to the memorial plaque in the park. He was followed by the Mayor and Mayoress of Southampton. Many local residents and some of the committee members of Friends of Town Quay Park, together with volunteer gardeners, joined in the procession.
Members of Friends of Town Quay Park also attended, and flags were lowered as the Last Post was played by a trumpeter.
Refreshments for those participating were provided by The Dancing Man pub. Mandy and the team at The Dancing Man once again looked after the visitors very well, and offered hot drinks and somewhere warm to wait before the solemn march to the memorial in the park began.
As in previous years, a large number of children from St John’s Primary school, which is next to the park, joined in the proceedings, and laid the wreaths they had made before returning with their teacher to the school.