GLASGOW POLISH COMMUNITY WILL HONOUR ITS NATION’S SACRIFICES

On Saturday 8th October at 1300 hours, the Polish Social & Educational Society in Glasgow will re-dedicate the Panels of History and Sacrifice on the Memorial Wall at General Władysław Sikorski Memorial House at 4/5 Parkgrove Terrace beside Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow.

Performing the unveiling of the Panels of History and Sacrifice will be Angela Constance MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities, representing First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, and Małgorzata Wypych, Member of the Polish Parliament (Sejm) and the widow of Pawel Wypych, a Polish Government official who was killed in the Smolensk air disaster in April 2010, and which is commemorated on one of the memorial panels.

The re-dedication come after the Society has spent over a year and tens of thousands of pounds restoring the front of the building which had been badly damaged by weathering.

Sikorski Memorial House came into the ownership of the Society in 1954 after the Polish Vocational Association closed down. The building had been transferred to the Polish community through the good graces of Lord Provost Sir Patrick Joseph Dollan and has served as a war memorial and community hub ever since. It is named in honour of Poland’s war-time Prime Minister and Commander-in-Chief, General Władysław Sikorski who was killed in a ‘plane crash in Gibraltar 1943. His body was returned to Britain on the Polish destroyer, ORP Orkan, itself sunk with great loss of life a few months later. This event is also commemorated on the Memorial Wall.

The building houses rent-eased accommodation for Polish residents of Scotland; the offices and home of the Rector of the Polish Catholic Mission in Scotland; meeting rooms; a function hall; a library; the offices of the Society; a fine Polish restaurant [“U Jarka”]; and a lounge-bar. The Society hold regular social functions and also sponsor a history club, language classes in English and Polish, a chess club, an amateur football team, a mothers/toddlers group, a women’s group, meetings of the Scots Guards Association Glasgow, a Scout troop, meetings of Al-Anon and AA, and many more community events.

The ceremony of unveiling and dedication will last for half an hour and will be attended by members of the Polish community in Scotland, by the Polish Consul General in Scotland, by the Polish Military Attaché in Britain and by local dignitaries.

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