Thursday, 12 July 2012

Speaker of the House of Representatives from NZ visits Passchendaele

 Yesterday, our museum was hosting a very important delegation from New Zealand. 

welcome by Deputy Mayor Franky Bryon

Dr The Right Honourable Lockwood Smith (Speaker of the House of Representatives) and his wife Mrs Alexandra Smith.
MP Melissa Lee (National Party),   MP Gareth Hughes (Greens) , MP Darien Fenton (Labour Party)
and  MP Denis O'Rourke (New Zealand First)
together with Beryl Bright, Senior Private Secretary to the Speaker and Kirstin Harvey, Parliamentary 
Relations Manager. They visited the former battlefields of Flanders. 

In Zonnebeke they have been welcomed by Deputy Mayor Franky Bryon and Freddy Declerck, chairman of the Passchendaele Society 1917.

a gift from Zonnebeke, art work from the battlefield made by Rik Ryon, MP Darien Fenton is sitting at the table
We could explain our plans with the museum extension and the installation of an expanded interpretive New Zealand exhibition
from left to right, the Speaker, his lady, MP Melissa Lee, MP Gareth Hughes, MP Denis O'Rourke, Mrs Beryl Bright, Mrs Kirstin Harvey 

explaining dugout secrets to the Dr The Right Honorable Lockwood Smith (Speaker of the House of Representatives)
MP Gareth Hughes found a poppy

visiting the new tenches, the British section
a walk from the visitor centre to Tyne Cot Cemetery
a moment of reflection in the apse at Tyne Cot , the Memorial for the Missing New  Zealanders

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