Memorial is such a magical place

Wilfie Cummings
Wilfie Cummings
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Well, what a lot of little breeders they turned out to be, dear.

I’m on about the five doves that Wilfie Cummings bought a few months ago – which now total 17!

Who’s Wilfie Cummings? He’s the fella who, a couple of years ago, single-handedly built the People’s Memorial at Langstone Harbour.

Wilfie decided he wanted a place where relatives and friends who had lost a loved one fighting overseas could come and sit in peace with their thoughts and memories.

Last Sunday I toddled down to the People’s Memorial for a Remembrance service.

As I approached the crowd gathered there, I gasped: ‘Oh, how beautiful.’

Because there in the trees, and on top of the dovecotes, were the birds of peace, 17 exquisite white doves.

As the congregation stood together at the water’s edge by the poppy-covered People’s Memorial, and honoured the two minutes’ silence, many wiping away a tear, I thought to myself: ‘This really is a most magical place’.

If you want more information, just Google ‘People’s Memorial at Langstone Harbour’.

Now, whoever came up with the saying ‘sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never harm me’ has never lived with domestic violence.

When the verbal savagery of a loved one’s words etch deep wounds into your soul, they may never heal.

Years ago, I lived with the scathing put-downs, the withering looks and police coming to the door.

I lost my dignity and my spirit was smashed. But like so many women I stayed, believing that my love would heal my man.

No. Very rarely does that happen in an abusive relationship. Women need to get out.

Next Friday, November 25, hundreds of women and men will march through the streets of Portsmouth for the third Reclaim the Night event.

The white ribbon march in the city is to help raise awareness of domestic violence.

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