A record turnout for centenary of Armistice Day

Jan Bailey

After a night of torrential rain, the skies cleared on the morning of Sunday, 11th November for Marlow’s Ceremony of Remembrance around the War Memorial in the Causeway. A record number of about 6,000 people attended the event, being a particularly special year celebrating the end of WW1 and the 100th anniversary of the RAF.

The Parade arrived at the memorial after marching from the Royal British Legion Headquarters in Station Approach, led by Lt Col Shaun Murphy with Sir Colin Terry, KBE, CB, Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Buckinghamshire coming on Parade at the Memorial.

Reverend Dave Bull gave the Introduction and Welcome and was joined by Reverend Nick Thompson, Marlow Methodist Church who gave a Prayer of Thanksgiving for the end of WW1, and Pastor Kenneth Claessen, Newfield Community Church gave a Reading.  The Last Post was played by bugler Simone Davie prior to the two minute silence. Following Reveille, this year All Saints’ bells were rung to celebrate the end of WW1.

The Names of the Fallen were read out, commencing with Mayor Chris Funnell, followed by cadets from the three armed forces whilst wreaths were being laid at the memorial.  Prayers were said for the Fallen, The Armed Forces, for Peace and the Sovereign. 

Town Clerk Hilary Martin and Cpl Firth read out the poignant poem, The Inquisitive Mind of a Child.

The much larger Parade this year, which included the RAF, Army, Navy and  for the first time Royal Marine Reservists,  moved off at the end of the Service to parade up the High Street and Sir Colin Terry took the Salute.

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