The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment returned to Halifax on Friday evening, its home of over 200 years, for the third fundraising event in aid of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment Memorial Appeal.
On Friday 8thMarch the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment Memorial Appeal welcomed over 240 people to The Arches in Dean Clough Mills, Halifax for an exclusive fundrasing evening which raised over £18,400.
The private function included a champagne reception, dinner – words from Brigadier Andrew Meek and sculptor Andrew Sinclair who has been tasked with creating the memorial in honour of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment’s 300 years of service to the Crown. As the evening progressed, guests were treated to a spellbinding performance by Britain’s Got Talent winning magician, Lance Corporal of Horse (LCoH) Richard Jones. This was followed but a recital of “Tommy” by Capt John Hogg accompanied by a display by the Corps of Drums by the Yorkshire Volunteers. At the end of the evening there was a live auction and raffle.
The event was the third of its kind in aid of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment Memorial Appeal with the aim to help close the gap towards the final figure of £240,000.
Designed and created by world-class figurative sculptor, Andrew Sinclair, the completed memorial will be unveiled by the Duke on Friday 17th May 2019 and will sit in the heart of Halifax, West Yorkshire, the home of the Regiment for over 200 years.
Andrew Sinclair, sculptor of the memorial said: “To be selected as the sculptor for this incredibly prestigious memorial is a wonderful honour. Having a great fascination for military history, I am very much looking forward to delving into the longstanding past of the Regiment and creating a sculpture which commemorates its admirable spirit and the qualities of the Yorkshire soldier within the design.”
Brigadier Andrew Meek CBE said: “It was tremendous to see so many people at our event in Halifax, showing their support for the Regiment. Our goal is to raise £240,000 for the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment Memorial Appeal in order to unveil Andrew Sinclair’s sculpture, which will sit in the heart of Halifax, home of the regiment for two centuries.”
The memorial will honour the members of the Regiment who gave their lives to our country, acknowledge those who served in all battalions and recognise the families and their home county.
8th March 2019
Duke of Wellington’s Regiment Memorial Appeal, Yorkshire Fundraising Event, The Arches, Dean Clough, Halifax, West Yorkshire.
Pictured Lance Corporal of Horse and Britains got Talent winner 2016 Richard Jones entertains the guests at the Champagne reception
Picture Gerard Binks