Tony’s 100 Verses

RAF Honington’s very own poet has recited 100 verses of his personal poetry on what would have been Sir Captain Tom’s 101st Birthday, 30 April 2021.

Tony Roe (69) of Rymer Point, Thetford, set himself the challenge after hearing about the Captain Tom 100 challenge on local radio. Known locally at RAF Honington as our ‘Countryman’ and ‘Poet’, Tony is best known for his work as part of the Station Warrant Officer’s workforce and has been a loyal member of the Station for over 40 years. Tony said: “It was the inspiration of Captain Tom and what he managed to do for so many people that made my decision. And once I’ve committed myself to something, I will see it through. Putting words on paper is therapeutic to me.”  

Tony’s chosen charities include The Armed Forces Charity SSAFA and the RAF Honington Memorial Garden Fund, where Tony has lovingly dedicated many hours of both his work and personal time. The garden hosts tributes to RAF Honington and RAF Regiment personnel that have fallen in combat or in peacetime, and also those that flew from RAF Honington in the Second World War.

Today presented Tony with the perfect opportunity to share just a glimpse of his poetry. He 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 the land surrounding RAF Honington and the local area. Other verses talk of loss and remembrance in relation to his dedicated work for the Service personnel on the Station.

Joined by the Station Commander Group Captain Dutch Holland and Station Warrant Officer Mac Macdonald, whom also read a few chosen verses, Tony has been well supported in his challenge by all RAF Honington personnel.