Man recites 100 verses of poetry for Captain Tom's 100 challenge
- Credit: RAF HONINGTON Senior Aircraftsman Jamie Ledger
A member of the Station Warrant Officers Workforce at RAF Honington is reciting 100 verses of his own poetry as part of the Captain Tom 100 challenge.
Tony Roe is taking on the challenge to mark the famous veteran's birthday to fundraise for armed forces charity SSFA and the Station Memorial Fund.
Mr Roe, RAF Honington's resident countryman and poet, started reading his poetry at around 9am on Friday, April 30 at the base near Bury St Edmunds.
Mr Roe, who has worked at RAF Honington for more than 40 years, said: "It was the inspiration of Captain Tom and what he managed to do for so many people that made my decision.
"Once I’ve committed myself to something, I will see it through. Putting words on paper is therapeutic to me.”
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"There will be 100 verses about the countryside and memories and any money raised will go to the memorial fund - which is very close to my heart - and SSFA, who do incredible work for people across the station.
"I might ask one or two people who turn up if they have any requests, because a lot of people know my work and all they will do is throw me a word and that word I will put into a verse."
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Mr Roe has written hundreds of poems over the years, many of which are personal accounts of his life growing up in the Suffolk countryside and working on the land surrounding RAF Honington and the local area.
One of the poems that Mr Roe recited today was called Countryman, it reads 'I was born a countryman, with grass beneath my feet, a hedgerow was my larder, and tree stumps were my seat.’
The 69-year-old has been off work in recent months because of a trapped nerve in his wrist. He said that writing poetry has helped him get through his time off.
Mr Roe added: "I want to make it interesting. I know that there probably won't be many people there that can hear but it has give me something to aim at.
"I have been like a lot of people stuck indoors, with nothing to do. But I class my myself as one of the lucky ones because I actually have this release to put my thoughts on paper."