Thursday, 24 May 2018

Ceremony to mark Great War centenary

A PLAQUE commemorating Henley’s “forgotten” soldiers will be unveiled to mark the centenary since the start of the First World War.

The ceremony will be conducted by Lord Lieutenant Tim Stevenson on August 3, the eve of when Britain entered the conflict. A drumhead service will also be held in the Market Place.

Henley Town Council has earmarked £5,000 towards the cost and is inviting suggestions on how to maximise community involvement.

Town clerk Mike Kennedy told a meeting of the town council’s town and community committee: “The opportunity is there for the council to do something spectacular to commemorate this landmark in British history.”

Councillor Will Hamilton said: “Market Place should be full and we should be using it as an opportunity to educate children in the town. It would be a sight if we dropped 500 poppies from a plane over Market Place. I am sure RAF Benson would be able to assist with the logistics.”

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