11 November 2018

Visit by Bürgermeister Öztas

Herr Öztas arrived on the morning of Remembrance Sunday, to meet the Deputy Lieutenant, Jacques Arnold, our Mayor Pam Bates and others at the Memorial Gardens, where he lay a wreath, which TMBC provided for him, with the Heusenstamm coat of arms in the centre. Following the Service he joined in the parade to the castle, and gave a speech to the crowd assembled on the lawn, following one from Jacques.

In the afternoon, HFC Chairman David Packer showed him around Tonbridge, including a glimpse into Tonbridge School Chapel, where some young choristers were rehearsing. He also saw the relic flower bed with the Slade school poppies.

In the evening he was present at the lighting of the beacon, before the civic dinner at the Rose & Crown. Those attending were our Mayor, her escort (Pauline Plummer), Derek and Christine Still, Pam Mills, Eileen Best, and Dorothy and David Packer. Pam Bates presented Halil with a metal sculpture of a poppy, made by a local artist, and he gave her an engraved piece of slate, referring to the end of WW1.

This was his first visit to Tonbridge, but unlikely to be his last.

To download a copy of Herr Öztas’s speech, please click here.

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