On 5 December Redriff Bridge (in Rotherhithe, London, near where David Jones grew up) was renamed to 'The Poet's Bridge' in honour of David Jones. An engraved steel plaque was also fitted into a side of the bridge, and bears a figure of a dove and a quotation from Jones' 1937 work about the First World War, In Parenthesis (pictured):
Message from Anne Price-Owen, DJS Director, describes the ceremony:
'Mickey Kelly, the indefatigable Headmaster of Redriff Primary School, greeted us warmly on arrival at the school. Delicious refreshments were served, before Mickey gave a very fine introduction to the whole project that has so absorbed him.
I gave a brief talk with slides, to reinforce the fact that Rotherhithe quite clearly meant more to David Jones than most of us have previously realised.
We then walked to the bridge, where we saw two panels situated opposite one another and attached to the railings of the bridge. And they look brilliant. The lettering and the dove are faithfully rendered in DJ style.
Rotherhithe is a most attractive area of London, and well worth a visit. On this occasion we did not visit the The Mayflower, which many of you will remember is the oldest pub on the Thames, and where, as a group we lunched on the occasion of the David Jones Walk several years ago.
That walk was organised by Vivian Wright and Juliet Johnston, who were both at the School event on Tuesday. They are happy to arrange another walk in the Redriff area, and this time we shall walk through some of the places with which DJ was so familiar.'
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