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18th Sep, 2021

Stratford Boat Club pays tribute to fallen soldiers

THOSE who fell in the Great War and other tragic conflicts were honoured by members of Stratford Boat Club.

Wreaths were laid at the memorial in the club grounds by the youngest member Emily Cryer and oldest member Colin Upchurch.

All the crews and rowers came off the water during a busy Sunday to attend the act of remembrance.

Steve Wellstead said: “The memorial is literally at the heart of the club and our sporting life goes on around it. This was an opportunity to stop, reflect and remember those Stratford Boat Club members who had died so that we can live in peace and enjoy our sport.”

Among those remembered was Norman Kinman who became a member shortly before he was consigned to the army and whose grandson Chris also laid a wreath.

The club contacted the Kinman family after extensive research by the club’s archivist Mark Dewdney.

And member Joe Moore took to the pipes to further honour the occasion and coincidentally was recognised by former school mate Chris Kinman after some fifty years.

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