Saturday, 31 October 2020

We can never forget the fallen

HUNDREDS of people attended an outdoor service in Henley on Sunday to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

The 30-minute service in Market Place was one of several ceremonies and other events that took place across the area.

A plaque commemorating Henley’s “forgotten” soldiers was unveiled by the Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire Tim Stevenson.

The drumhead service — so called because soldiers in the trenches would drape the Union flag over drums to create an altar — was led by Rev Duncan Carter, vicar of Holy Trinity Church, and Rev Canon Father Martyn Griffiths, rector of St Mary’s Church.

Dignitaries and civic leaders who attended included Henley MP John Howell, South Oxfordshire District Council chairwoman Ann Midwinter, Reading Mayor Tony Jones and Abingdon Deputy Mayor Helen Pighills. Also present were standard bearers from 11 Royal British Legion branches.

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