POLISH Heritage Day was celebrated on the IW with a picnic for 250 people.

The Polish Community School ORP Blyskawica organised the event last Saturday (4) as part of a nationwide initiative of the Polish Embassy in London.

The group is continuing to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Polish Independence, which was on November 11, 1918, when the country restored its sovereignty.

The celebrations took place at Priory School in Whippingham.

One of the organisers, Sylwia Rogala, said: "Our first heritage day on the IW was an important occasion for the local community to celebrate Polish culture and tradition. We had great atmosphere."

Among the special quests were war veterans Cmdr Walter Jarosz and Consul Radosław Gromski, East Cowes Mayor Peter Lloyd, and Capt Bogdan Liput.

There was Polish cuisine and a barbecue, music, folk dancing, pottery classes and activities for children.

The appearance of folk dance troupe Marysieńka from Wuppertal, Germany, was a highlight.

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