Rixton resident and business woman Alison Smith has been putting her talent and skills to good use in the local community, not only helping to mark VE Day but also remembering our fantastic NHS and keyworkers.
Alison lives in Rixton and also runs her highly successful business ‘Lasting Wedding and Events’ from the Chapel Lane Enterprise Park in Rixton but that has all but been put on hold for the time being as weddings and events are postponed or cancelled for the foreseeable future.
Alison took time out to dress the war memorial in the Hollins Green village with Union Jacks, bunting and other World War II related items to mark and celebrate the VE Day Celebrations this week.
She also arranged for opera singer Helen England from ‘Diva’s Disguised’ to sing after the two minutes silence, at 11am, on VE Day. Helen performed some traditional war time numbers from ‘Vera Lynn’ and a moving performance of Nessun Dorma to round off the well appreciated mini concert in front of the war memorial.
Alison told the Local Mag, “As with many others my business is currently on hold. I do a lot of things with the Royal British Legion and had the right props for the occasion so decided to make good use of them for VE Day. It was a brilliant and moving event. A big thank you to local residents for turning out and supporting the event whilst observing social distancing, Helen for her fantastic performance and local residents Tim and Angie Clancy for the use of their power supply for the PA.”
Alison is also the person behind putting up around 150 blue ribbons around Hollins Green and Rixton, showing support for the NHS. Eamonn and Sophie, who work at the Black Swan, helped to put up the ribbons whilst dog walking in their permitted outdoor exercise time over the course of a weekend.
Well done Alison, a fantastic contribution to the VE Day celebrations and a great show of support for the NHS and all key-workers. You are a credit and inspiration to the community.