Monday, 15 August 2022

Henley falls silent

HUNDREDS of people attended a ceremony in Henley today (Wednesday) to mark Armistice Day

HUNDREDS of people attended a ceremony in Henley today (Wednesday) to mark Armistice Day.

They gathered in Market Place for a two-minute silence at 11am, which was signalled by a bugler playing the Last Post.

The ceremony was led by Brig Malcolm Page, president of the Henley and Peppard branch of the Royal British Legion, who read Ode To The Fallen.

Mayor Lorraine Hillier stood on the steps of the town hall with fellow councillors, council staff and amateur historian Mike Willoughby, of the Lest We Forget project, who was dressed in a First World War uniform.

Colin Davies, the Peppard and district standard bearer, John Green, chairman of Henley and Peppard Royal British Legion, carried the Dunkirk Veterans? standard and Brian Hughes, county and Henley branch standard bearer, dipped their standards during the silence.

The bugler was Stuart Henderson, of the Scots Guards, from Reading.

He said: ?It?s an absolute privilege to do my bit and it helps me remember all the guys I?ve served with over the years.?

Councillor Hillier said: ?It?s a very moving experience and always reduces us to tears during the silence.

?People were very respectful and loads of cars stopped and people got out to pay their respects. It is very important that we all remember and keep this moment.?

Armistice Day begins at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month ? the time in 1918 when the guns fell silent along the Western Front in Europe.

A full report and pictures of the Remembrance services and events will appear in this week?s Henley Standard.

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