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THE CANADIAN HOSPITAL MURAL – UNVEILED NOVEMBER 2009

Thursday 5th November 2009 – Pictured here with Josie Aston, the installation team were fast and efficient so that the displays were fixed in place within a couple of hours. The mural and contributors panel are sited just beyond the main entrance of Orpington Hospital in Greater London.

Friday 6th November 2009 – Canadian television crew from CBC News arrive at 2pm. They spend the next 2 hours interviewing veterans, staff, researchers and Tony, about the design concepts and themes running through the displays. They also filmed the war graves in the churchyard’s ‘Canadian Corner’ before returning to film the official unveiling ceremony.

Josie Aston, who lead the project, fundraised and also wrote the final text, opened the proceedings, giving background information about how the project started and thanking all those involved.

Lieutenant-Colonel Denis Janelle, Army Adviser to the Canadian High Commission, assisted by a Canadian boy scout, tore off the brown wrapping paper to unveil the mural. Members of the British Legion, who actively supported the project were in attendance amongst the large audience.

The CBC News crew carried on their interviews following the official opening.
Their report was shown that evening on the main evening news in Canada.

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