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2018 Remembrance

Battle's Over - Beacons of Light

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On Sunday 11 November, Armistice Day and exactly 100 years since the end of WW1, the Last Post was sounded and at 7pm our Mayor, Lisa Farrell, lit a beacon on The Common to signify lights coming back on after the darkness of war. As the bells of St Mary's Church rang out, Town Crier Mike Tupman read a Cry for Peace and the names of the Marlborough men who fell in the Great War were read out. There was a great turnout from the people of the town who ended the event with a rousing verse of 'God Save the Queen'. 

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Remembrance Parade

In this special year, and in glorious autumn sunshine, more people than ever turned out to take part in, and watch, Marlborough's Remembrance Parade and observe 2 minute's silence at the town's War Memorial in London Road

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Roll of Honour

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On Saturday night, 10 November, a special tribute to the people of Marlborough was held in the Town Hall. The evening told the story of the Great War and the part Marlborough people played in it, overseas and at home. Each man who lost his life was acknowledged and it was particularly poignant to have relatives of the fallen with us on the night - and we'd like to thank them for sharing their stories and family photographs with us.

Remembering the 7th Wiltshire Regiment

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On Friday, 9 November representatives from St John's Academy, Royal British Legion, 4 Military Intelligence Battalion and Town Councillors laid wreaths at the 7th Battalion Wiltshire Regiment Memorial in London Road. This Memorial  was erected in 1919 by the 7th Battalion of the Wiltshire Regiment to its 360 fallen during 1915-1918. These men, and many others, will be commemorated at a 'Roll of Honour' event in the Town Hall on Saturday 10 November.

Thank you!

Many thanks to the Rotary Club and the Rugby Club for their help in organising the Beacon event, along with TH White who helped us put the beacon safely in place. Angus MacLennan of the White Horse Bookshop deserves a special mention for his part in our Roll of Honour event, along with the young singers from Marlborough Academy of Drama & Dance, exhibitions loaned by Rob and Angie Dickens, the Marlborough History Society and the Merchants House, relatives of soldiers from the Great War and members of Marlborough Lions.
4 Military Intelligence Battalion, the Royal British Legion, Wiltshire Police, local churches and schools and our own staff worked hard to organise and support all of these events.
Keep an eye on this page and social media - we'll post more detailed stories and more photos in a few days' time

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