Thursday 8th November saw Birkenhead Town Hall come alive with music and song at an emotional Afternoon Tea to commemorate the end of WW1 and to remember the sacrifices made by all of those with military connections in Birkenhead.
The event, which was attended by over 75 older members of our local community was a collaboration between The Johnson Foundation, the Birkenhead BID team and the staff and students of Wirral Metropolitan College.
Health and Social Care Students from the college were on hand to offer support to ensure that guests were involved in conversation and had an enjoyable afternoon. The afternoon tea itself was prepared and served by students from the hospitality faculty and was a delicious array of sandwiches, cakes and scones.
Dame Patricia Routledge, herself from Tranmere, gave a moving welcome address talking about the experiences of her own relatives as well as that of the wider community. The Mayor and Mayoress and Frank Field MP were also in attendance and spent time with each table of guests during the course of the event.
Entertainment was provided by the incredible Birkenhead Operatic Society and by the final song; We’ll Meet Again, the guests were waving their Union Flags and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house!
The guests were full of praise as they left the event;
Joyce Cairns described the afternoon as ‘Absolutely lovely; the students were excellent.’ Kitty Jones added; ‘The whole celebration was wonderful and is something we will always remember. Thanks to all involved.’