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BAME figures in WW1 commemorated with memorial stone

PICTURED: Councillor Samuel Koffie-Williams and Doreen Koffie-Williams

DIVERSITY HOUSE - a charity group providing community services - and Swale County Council revealed the Inclusive Remembrance stone to honour the role of BAME individuals during World War One. The memorial was unveiled at Sittingbourne town centre on Sunday 28 October.

The Remembrance stone is paying homage to all of those who fought in WW1. The stone is especially fitting as we are at the centenary of World War 1 and until recently, very little has been communicated to the public with regard to how Africa and its micro nations contributed to the great war.

On the day, the service was attended by Mayor and Mayoress of Swale Cllr Samuel and Doreen Koffie-Williams and dignitaries from in around the Kent area came together to honour the men, women, children and animals who lost their lives. Alex Butt provided the Bag pipes for the ceremony and the music was provided by the Sea Cadets.

A representative for Diversity House said: “We would like to thank Swale Council and their staff and a special thank you Martin Goodhew and Lyn Newton for their amazing support throughout the duration of the project.

"They provided us with advice and funds which have been paramount in the success of delivering this project across the Kent, Swale, Medway area.”

The reception was held at the Phoenix house and the catering was provided by Home Touch who supplied an African inspired menu. Their guests were entertained by Gospel Touch Choir, Bantu Arts who entertained the crowd with drums and dancing from Uganda, alongside the Pantsay Steel Band.

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