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Peace pole for popular woman

Children with the peace pole installed in memory of Ann Wadkin
Children with the peace pole installed in memory of Ann Wadkin

A monument to commemorate a popular village figure has been installed in the grounds of Thurlby Community Primary School.

Ann Wadkin ran a pre-school group in the village for many years and was an active member of the Rotary Club of Bourne St Peter.

She died in May 2016 aged 79.

Her husband Don came up with the idea of installing the peace pole in the village to celebrate his wife’s achievements within the community.

The monument includes the message “May peace prevail on earth” in different languages on each side.

The chosen languages for Ann’s monument are English, Welsh, Arabic, Gaelic Scottish, French, Spanish, Polish and Swahili.

Secretary of the Rotary Club of Bourne St Peter, Alan Kaye, said: “There are tens of thousands of peace poles in 180 countries all over the world dedicated to monuments of peace.

“They serve as a constant reminder for us to visualise and pray for world peace. It is hoped that children will think about the various aspects of peace that can feature in their own lives to make the world a better place.”

The unveiling ceremony was attended by headteacher Graham Clegg, staff and pupils from the primary school, rotary club president Jacky Summers and youth service worker Kwame

Mrs Wadkin’s daughter Vivienne Fisher travelled from Canada to pay tribute at the ceremony with grandchildren Jake, Okus and Maya.

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