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Remembrance 2020

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ARMISTICE DAY

At 11am on 11 November at the sound of the air raid siren Marlborough paused

A smartly dressed man stands in front of a building.  He holds a wreath of poppies

Our Mayor, Councillor Mark Cooper, stood on the steps of the Town Hall representing all our Town Councillors, and Stewart Dobson of the Royal British Legion read the Exhortation and Kohima either side of the 2-minute silence.  Drivers pulled over, pedestrians stopped and people came out of shops and offices to take part.

Councillor Ross joined the small party to lay wreaths at the 7th Wiltshire Regiment Memorial in London Road and afterwards tributes were paid at each of our 11 Commonwealth War Graves in the cemeteries at The Common.

Traditionally on Armistice Day all Town Councillors, the Royal British Legion, 4 Military Intelligence Battalion, veterans, churches, schools and our community organisations join us on the Town Hall steps.  They were with us in spirit this year as each marked the silence in their own way at schools, at work, on doorsteps, or going about their daily business.  

A street.  Cars have stopped, and people stand still

Drivers pulled over, pedestrians stopped and people came outside to join the 2-minute silence

 A woman and two men stand to attention .  Two hold wreaths of red flowers and one is speaking 

There was a much-reduced gathering due to the Coronavirus pandemic

a man faces a monument.  His head is bowed Three wreaths of red flowers lie at the foot of a stone column

Wreath laying at the 7th Wiltshire Battalion memorial

A man stands in front of a grave. His head is bowed

Remembering the fallen

 

Remembrance Sunday (8 November 2020)
A number of poppy wreaths at the foot of a war memorial

In a year when we were unable to gather together, on Remembrance Sunday, 8 November 2020, at 11 am our Mayor, Councillor Mark Cooper joined representatives from Marlborough Royal British Legion to observe the 2-minute silence and lay wreaths at the cenotaph.  A small number of representatives from other organisations also attended, including Wiltshire Councillor James Sheppard and Marlborough Brownies, while a few residents safely looked on. Other organisations laid their wreaths either before 11am or in the next few hours and days.

 
The RBL's Stewart Dobson reads the Kohima

Stewart Dobson, former Mayor and representing the Royal British Legion, reads the Kohima

Town-Mayor Councillor Mark Cooper pays his respects

Our Mayor Councillor Mark Cooper

Cllr-James-Sheppard

Wiltshire Councillor James Sheppard

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Former Mayor and RBL's Marian Hannaford-Dobson

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Marlborough Brownies

wreaths of poppies lie beneath a brick and stone cenotaph

 

ACTS OF REMEMBRANCE

On Sunday, 8 November Marlborough College shared a pre-recorded Service of Remembrance.

an aerial photograph of a church

 At a time when many people were unable to attend services in person the recorded service was made available for people to view on Sunday morning and was enjoyed by families and care home residents. 

You can find the video along with an uplifting summary of the College's Acts of Remembrance and Charity Fundraising initiatives supporting the Poppy Appeal by clicking here

Shared by kind permission of Marlborough College

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