‘Thank You’ to mark 100 years since the end of WWI

OVH customers along with members from local community groups marked the centenary of the end of WWI with a special ‘Time to Say Thank You’ event on Thursday 8th November.

The event, named after the British Legion campaign, acknowledged and gave thanks to all those who served, sacrificed and changed our world.

Joining the celebrations at Bootle Firwood Cricket Club were current servicemen from the Royal Navy as well as ex-military personnel from Sefton Veterans and Liverpool Veterans HQ.

Amongst the 250 guests was the decorated war hero and OVH tenant, 99 year old John Shankland from Crosby. John was awarded France’s highest decoration, Legion d’Honneur, for his role in the liberation of France during WWII.


At the event, guests were treated to a champagne afternoon tea and live music from Liverpool Mezzo Soprano Danielle Louise Thomas and acclaimed singer Victoria Jones (Liver Bird).

In a moving segment, Dave Smith from Veterans in Sefton read out the number of British military casualties suffered at each conflict since WWII.

Ukulele group The Sailor Boy Band, whose members are all Navy veterans, also took to the stage as part of the jam-packed bill.


The event received National Lottery funding from the Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, as part of a series of four OVH community events which aims to bring people together and tackle social isolation.

One Vision Housing is part of The Sovini Group which, earlier this year was given a Gold Award from Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) for outstanding support of the Armed Forced community. The Sovini Group will be presented the award by a member of the Royal Family on Monday 12th November.

Ann Owens, Head of Customer Empowerment, said: “It was wonderful to mark the centenary of the Armistice and pay tribute to our heroes, alongside members of the Navy and local veterans including war hero, John Shankland.”