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Hundreds mark beginning of World War One in Stowmarket

Hundreds flocked to Stowmarket on Tuesday to mark the beginning of World War One ANL-140207-163745001

Hundreds flocked to Stowmarket on Tuesday to mark the beginning of World War One ANL-140207-163745001

Hundreds flocked to Stowmarket’s town Centre on Tuesday to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War One.

The event, organised in partnership between Stowmarket Town Council and the district Royal British Legion, saw serving soldiers, Scouts, Boys’ Brigade and veterans parade along Ipswich Street towards the market place.

The Band of the Corps of the Royal Engineers led the procession, with crowds excitedly waving their Union Jacks.

The event also saw an Apache helicopter from Wattisham Airfield fly overhead.

Michelle Marshall, deputy town clerk, said the event had been a tremendous success.

“We were really lucky with the weather – it was a beautiful day.

“The Band of the Corps of the Royal Engineers led the parade followed by the veterans.

“We then had the personnel from Wattisham Airfield followed by the Boys’ Brigade and the Scouts.

“They paraded down to the market place where there was a speech from the mayor and the Rev Richard Stretch.

“There were people waving flags all along the streets.”

Michelle said an event like this really brought the community together.

“We wanted to do something special mark the start of the First World War.

“This is the third event of four.

“We had a music evening, a antiques event, the parade and the memorial clock will be the fourth.

“We have had lots of good feedback about the parade.

“An event like this shows the town at its best.”

During event, Stowmarket sixth former Iona Stutton read aloud the John McCrae poem In Flanders Field, while Year 10 pupils Ben Gawne and Ed Croft delivered a rendition of Il Silenzio by Nini Rosso.

Town clerk David Blackburn said: “Hundreds of people turned out for the parade.

“We were absolutely delighted by the show of public support for the event.”

Mayor of Stowmarket Gerard Brewster said: “We had a wonderful turnout from the community.

“The market place area and the streets were full with people.

“Standing the on the stage and looking around you could just see faces.

“The parade itself was excellent, it had a tremendous sense of occasion.

“The commemoration and the reflection on the day really came through.

“I have had a lot of people come up to me afterwards and say how emotional it was.”

 

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