DIGNITARIES took part in a procession through Henley on Sunday on their way to the Mayor?s civic service
DIGNITARIES took part in a procession through Henley on Sunday on their way to the Mayor?s civic service.
They were led by standard bearers from the Peppard and Henley branch of the Royal British Legion, mace bearer Cliff Austin and new Mayor Lorraine Hillier as they walked from the town hall to St Mary?s Church in Hart Street.
The procession included 12 mayors from across Oxfordshire as well as Henley MP John Howell, South Oxfordshire District Council vice-chairman Paul Harrison, deputy lord lieutenant of Oxfordshire Michael Macfadyen, Mayoress Susan George and the Mayor?s mother Shirley Hillier. When they arrived at the church the standard bearers created a guard of honour before carrying the flags to the front of the church to be displayed.
The service was conducted by Rev Canon Martyn Griffiths, rector of Henley, and the hymns were led by the St Mary?s choir. Afterwards, guests had tea and coffee in the Chantry House and its gardens adjacent to the church.
Councillor Hillier, who is originally from Sheffield, said: ?It was a lovely day and a fabulous service. Everyone seemed to enjoy it. Martyn gave a very funny speech. He was taking the mickey out of my accent but he can do that as he is a fellow northerner!?