STAFF and patients at St Oswald’s Hospital held a garden tea party to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.
The event was opened by Prem Singh, chairman of Derby Community Health Services Trust, who paid tribute to the fallen and invited patients to sprinkle poppy seeds in the garden in remembrance of those who died.
The Reverend Carollyn MacDonald said a prayer before guests were invited to enjoy a singalong of old songs with members of Ashbourne Singers.
Matron Tina Sullivan said: “We wanted to mark the occasion, which will be a poignant time for elderly patients who may well have been affected directly by the war because of their fathers and grandfathers.”
A guests of honour at the party was Sdn Leader (Rtd) Nevil Mottershead MBE, DFC, from Brailsford. The 92-year-old grew up in the shadow of the war and said how important it was that future generations remember the wars and honour the memory of those young men who went and never came back.
He said: “People didn’t really talk about what they had seen when they came back, but I remember we had special prayers every day in school to remember those who gave their lives for this country.
“Remembrance Day was very important.’’ and whatever people were doing, come 11 o’clock they would all stop, and be silent for one minute. It’s something that everyone respected, no matter where they were.”