Thursday, 23 September 2021

Henley marks VE Day anniversary

A TWO-minute silence was held in Henley town centre to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day.

A TWO-minute silence was held in Henley town centre to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day.

The brief ceremony, which took place on the town hall steps in Market Place, was conducted by members of the Royal British Legion's Henley and Peppard branch.

Its chairman John Green and standard bearer Brian Hughes emerged from the town hall at 3pm and stood on either side at the bottom of the steps, each carrying a flag bearing the branch's insignia.

They were followed by president Malcolm Page, who stood solemnly on the top step while the Last Post was played over a public address system and the flags were lowered.

A small crowd of several dozen people stood in silence for two minutes before the flags were raised and Reveille and the National Anthem were played.

Among them were Henley town councillors Sam Evans and David Silvester and his wife Irene.

Brig Page thanked the crowd before closing the proceedings.

Afterwards, Mr Green said: "As a branch we felt it was important to mark the event in some way, even if the general public weren't fully aware of what it was all about.

"The important thing is that we made the gesture on what we believe is a momentous occasion.

"I suspect the anniversary has been overshadowed a little by the election, but I suppose that is one of the fruits of the victory.

"It means people are free to do other things and that includes going out and voting."

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