SUNDAY was a proud day for Redditch’s Polish community as they marked the centenary of the founding of the Polish state.
Held at Tudor Grange Academy and enacted by local children, it told the story of the 100 years since the formal recognition of Poland on November 11, 1918, Armistice Day.
“We wanted to attend the Remembrance Sunday events and delayed our celebration for the founding of Poland until a week later,” said Danuta Zdanko of the Redditch Polish community.
“We had to fight for our freedom and we give thanks to the soldiers and people who fought for that freedom.
“Today I am hoping Poland will continue to grow and flourish and we can say we are Polish and proud to be Polish.”
Poland is more than 1,000 years old but in 1795 following a series of wars it was partitioned by Russia, the Hapsburg Empire and the Kingdom of Prussia until re-emerging in 1918.
Britian in went to war in 1939 in defence of Poland and Polish soldiers and airmen played a crucial role in the fight against Nazi Germany.
“At the Polish school in Redditch we try to keep our traditions alive so they can be passed down from generation to generation,” said Danuta.
Councillor Bill Hartnett said: “It was a great afternoon – we were treated to a performance by a large cast of Polish children who re-enacted 100 years of Polish independence.”