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BOOT FAIR IN AID OF BLUE PLAQUE FOR REV DAVID RAILTON THE ORIGINATOR OF THE TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN WARRIOR

 Go Folkestone members turned out for a boot fair at St Mary’s playing fields in Shorncliffe Road last Saturday to recruit members and raise money for the blue plaque to be put up on 16 Millfield to remember Revd David Railton, the originator, around 100 years ago, of the idea for The Tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey and its many successors across the world. The production and installation of this large blue plaque is likely to cost just over £500; more if we include a separate inspirational quote from Railton and some website text and pictures or go on to do a second memorial in Westcliff Gardens on the church wall. 16 Millfield was his family home as curate of St Mary’s and St Eanswythe’s from 1914 to 1920, though he was often fighting at the Front where he received a Military Cross. It is now a spotlessly clean and well run 8-person OPH owned by M N P Complete Care Ltd, to whom we are very grateful. As we have the owners’ permission to put up a plaque, we are determined to go for it! The boot fair collected about £139 gross and £75 net of set up expenses and David Railton cards. This money goes straight into Go Folkestone’s account under David Railton Appeal. Because of the efforts of Pam, Dan, Mary, Brian, Rita, Eddie and myself, other members have donated a total, running at £50, directly to the fund. We believe that we can move some 2018 Aspects of Folkestone Calendar money sideways, and even get a couple of hundred pounds from local councillors. If necessary. We plan to do one more boot fair in September but some of the August helpers will be busy elsewhere. So, we need both more nice saleable goods beforehand and/or more helpers on Saturday 15th September. Please email info@gofolkestone.org.uk if you have either more goods of some free time. We are quite happy of course if you sell unwanted goods on the internet and make a donation out of that (!). As we had some ‘sold-out’ plums and apples from Bill and Irene, we would also be interested in any fruit or plants to sell. Richard Wallace