On a very cold day but sunny November day thousands of people filled the Causeway and Marlow High Street to take part in this very moving event.
The Service commenced with the Deputy Lieutenant Brigadier Bill O’Leary coming on Parade. Reverend Dave Bull from All Saints Church led the service with an introduction and welcome. He was assisted by Pastor Kenneth Claassen from Newfield Community Church and Reverend David Downing of Christ Church United Reformed Church.
The wreath-laying was led by the Deputy Lieutenant, followed by the Mayor of Marlow, Jocelyn Towns, the Deputy Mayor of Marly-le-Roi, Carlos Montes, all laying wreaths on behalf of the people of Marlow and Marly-Le-Roi. The Mayor, together with a Sea Cadet, an Army Cadet and an Air Training Cadet, read the names of the fallen whilst numerous other wreaths were laid by civic, military and various town organisations. In total thirty-four wreaths were laid. Town Clerk Hilary Martin read out a poignant poem by John Bailey, called Taking a Stand.
After the service the Parade, headed up by The Scots Guards Association Pipe Band, marched up the length of the High Street, around the Obelisk and back down to take the Salute from Brigadier Bill O’Leary.
For the first time the whole of the High Street, The Causeway and Marlow Bridge were closed to traffic and parking from 8.00 a.m, with access closed off for Institute Road, Station Road and Pound Lane. Police were on hand to remove any vehicles which were still parked in the High Street after 9.30 a.m. and unfortunately, despite the prominent notices several vehicles had to be towed away. We realise that this may have inconvenienced residents for a short period of time, but do hope that you appreciate that we have a duty of care to ensure the safety of the Parade and visitors.