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Poet from Thetford affiliated with RAF Honington recites poems for charity on Sir Captain Tom Moore's birthday




A poet affiliated with a Suffolk airbase has recited 100 pieces of his work to raise money for charity on what would have been Sir Captain Tom Moore’s 101st birthday.

Tony Roe, of Rymer Point, Thetford, known at RAF Honington as the ‘countryman’ and ‘poet’ decided to recite the poems today after hearing about the Captain Tom 100 challenge on the radio.

Sir Tom Moore captured the nation's hearts during the coronavirus pandemic when he walked lengths of garden, raising over £30 million for the NHS.

Station commander Group Captain Dutch Holland reciting a verse of Tony's poetry today. Picture: RAF Honington.
Station commander Group Captain Dutch Holland reciting a verse of Tony's poetry today. Picture: RAF Honington.

“It was the inspiration of Captain Tom and what he managed to do for so many people that made my decision,” Tony said.

“And once I’ve committed myself to something, I will see it through. Putting words on paper is therapeutic to me.”

Tony, 69, has set up a fundraising page to raise money for The Armed Forces Charity SSAFA and the RAF Honington Memorial Garden Fund, where he has dedicated many hours of both his work and personal time.

Many of Tony's poems are personal accounts of his life growing up in the Suffolk countryside and working the land near RAF Honington. Picture: RAF Honington.
Many of Tony's poems are personal accounts of his life growing up in the Suffolk countryside and working the land near RAF Honington. Picture: RAF Honington.

The garden features tributes to RAF Honington and RAF Regiment personnel who have fallen in combat or peacetime, and also those who flew from RAF Honington in the Second World War.

Tony is best known around the airbase for his work as part of the station warrant officer's workforce and has been a loyal member of the station for over 40 years.

He has written hundreds of poems over the years, many of which are personal accounts of his life growing up in the Suffolk countryside and working the land near RAF Honington.

Tony was joined today in reciting some of the 100 poems by station commander Group Captain Dutch Holland and station Warrant Officer Mac Macdonald.

RAF Honington station Warrant Officer Mac MacDonald. Picture: RAF Honington.
RAF Honington station Warrant Officer Mac MacDonald. Picture: RAF Honington.

Examples of some of the poems recited today can be seen below:

Countryman

‘I was born a countryman,

With grass beneath my feet

A hedgerow was my larder,

And tree stumps were my seat.’

He Was

First verse

Come with me then young man,

Talk with me a while,

For my grandad told me stories

And always had a smile…

If you would like to donate to Tony or find out more about his fund-raising efforts, visit: https://gofund.me/211556b9

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