THE HEROISM of Polish sailors in the defence of Cowes during the Second World War is to be marked with a series of events this weekend.
The celebration of the 70th anniversary of the defence of Cowes by the Polish destroyer ORP Blyskawica includes a visit by the Polish naval vessel Toron, which is moored off the Isle of Wight.
Tonight (Friday) the granddaughter of the Blyskawica captain Wojciech Francki, Eva Maria Doroszkowska, will perform a classical piano recital at Northwood House.
On Saturday, from 10am, the TS Osborne Sea Cadets, will be creating a mile of pennies, a re-enactment of a war-time fundraiser that supported the crew. This time the money will be used to support Cowes Sea Cadets and the ORP Blyskawica museum ship in Poland.
At 10.45am tomorrow there will be a wreath laying at Kingston Cemetery in East Cowes followed by Polish and Morris dancing in East Cowes Town Square at 12.30pm.
At 7.30pm the Polish Ave Verum Choir will perform at St Mary’s Church, Cowes.
On Sunday there will be a wreath laying and dedications at Northwood Cemetery at 9am and Francki Place at 10am.
A further wreath laying and service will be held at Northwood Park War Memorial at 11.30am, moving on to St Mary’s Church. A Polish Naval Band will then march to Cowes Parade.
At 7.30pm a gala variety concert will be held at Cowes Yacht Haven featuring the Exeter Philharmonic Choir and the Polish Naval Band.
A farewell retreat will be held at 6.30pm at Northwood House.