It’s not often that one event can help to bring a whole community and town together.
Tilehurst has seen an overwhelming amount of support for the Turn Tilehurst Red campaign since it began in November last year to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.
Flooding the town with poppies and commemorative designs, individuals, groups and organisations were all encouraged to turn the town red.
With schools making large poppy displays to businesses and families covering buildings in poppies, the whole community got involved.
The project also included lighting up the water tower in a striking red to mark the anniversary.
Kate Taylor helped to orchestrate the event and has been nominated for three Pride of Reading Awards for her efforts.
Andrew Scott put her forward for The Inspiration Award, while Sarah East nominated her as Local Hero and Matt Whitelock put her forward for the Community Champion award.
“Tilehurst came together as never before”
Andrew said: “The campaign brought the community out and together culminating in the largest remembrance day crowd for Tilehurst in memory.”
Sarah East, headteacher at Springfield Primary School added: “This event involved the whole community and Tilehurst came together as never before.
“The impact on our pupils was immense and humbling. She got the community pulling together as one.”
Turn Tilehurst Red not only helps to to raise awareness of Remembrance Day but also to raise funds to buy some remembrance benches for the area.
Matthew Whitelock, who had nominated Kate for the Community Champion award said: “Kate inspired the excellent community event of Turn Tilehurst Red along with many businesses and residents, she created a memorable community spirit turning Tilehurst Red.
“She managed to get all uniformed groups, church groups, WI, businesses, schools and individuals to decorate their shops, houses and buildings with red displays in support of Tilehurst British Legion and to mark the end of 100 years from the end of WW1.”
Kate organised the first event last year marking the 100 year anniversary and is pleased that so many people were keen to get involved.
She said: “I feel delighted that somebody has taken the time to nominate me for these awards.
“It was a delight to run the event last year and another one will be taking place this year.”
Pride of Reading 2019
“I can only hope that the community will come together again this year”
After the success of the last event Kate is still surprised as to how popular the event was, adding: “I am still in shock that the Turn Tilehurst event has had such a positive effect on the community and people are still talking about it six months on.
“It has been a real delight to see people from all ages work towards the same goal of marking the poppy appeal and 100 years.
“I can only hope that the community will come together again this year when we mark the D-Day anniversary.”
For 2019 the Turn Tilehurst Red event will run between November 1-12 with the theme of ‘footprints’ to mark the brave soldiers who didn’t return on D-Day.
The Inspiration Award is sponsored by McDonald’s.
The Local Hero Award is sponsored by Green Park.
The Community Champion Award is sponsored by Reading FC.
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