Record turnout for centenary of Armistice Day 2018
After a night of torrential rain, the skies cleared on the morning of Sunday, 11th November for Marlow’s Ceremony of Remembrance around the War Memorial in the Causeway. A record number of about 6,000 people attended the event, being a particularly special year celebrating the end of WW1 and the 100th anniversary of the RAF.
The Parade arrived at the memorial after marching from the Royal British Legion Headquarters in Station Approach, led by Lt Col Shaun Murphy with Sir Colin Terry, KBE, CB, Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Buckinghamshire coming on Parade at the Memorial.
Reverend Dave Bull gave the Introduction and Welcome and was joined by Reverend Nick Thompson, Marlow Methodist Church who gave a Prayer of Thanksgiving for the end of WW1, and Pastor Kenneth Claessen, Newfield Community Church gave a Reading. The Last Post was played by bugler Simone Davie and his son, Nick, prior to the two minute silence. Following Reveille, this year All Saints’ bells were rung to celebrate the end of WW1.
The Names of the Fallen were read out, commencing with Mayor Chris Funnell, followed by cadets from the three armed forces whilst wreaths were being laid at the memorial. Prayers were said for the Fallen, The Armed Forces, for Peace and the Sovereign.
Town Clerk Hilary Martin and Cpl Firth read out the poignant poem, The Inquisitive Mind of a Child.
The much larger Parade this year, which included the RAF, Army, Navy and for the first time Royal Marine Reservists, moved off at the end of the Service to parade up the High Street and Sir Colin Terry took the Salute.
The Inquisitive Mind of a Child (John F Willcocks 1918-2007)
Why are they selling poppies, Mummy?
Selling poppies in town today.
The poppies, child, are flowers of love.
For the men who marched away.
But why have they chosen a poppy, Mummy?
Why not a beautiful rose?
Because my child, men fought and died
in the fields where the poppies grow.
But why are the poppies so red, Mummy?
Why are the poppies so red?
Red is the colour of blood, my child.
The blood that our soldiers shed.
The heart of the poppy is black, Mummy.
Why does it have to be black?
Black, my child, is the symbol of grief.
For the men who never came back.
But why, Mummy are you crying so?
Your tears are giving you pain.
My tears are my fears for you my child.
For the world is FORGETTING AGAIN
Photos courtesy of Marlow Camera Club and Anita Ross-Marshall
Remembrance Service & Parade 2017
On a very cold day but sunny November day thousands of people filled the Causeway and Marlow High Street to take part in this very moving event.
The Service commenced with the Deputy Lieutenant Brigadier Bill O’Leary coming on Parade. Reverend Dave Bull from All Saints Church led the service with an introduction and welcome. He was assisted by Pastor Kenneth Claassen from Newfield Community Church and Reverend David Downing of Christ Church United Reformed Church.
The wreath-laying was led by the Deputy Lieutenant, followed by the Mayor of Marlow, Jocelyn Towns, the Deputy Mayor of Marly-le-Roi, Carlos Montes, all laying wreaths on behalf of the people of Marlow and Marly-Le-Roi. The Mayor, together with a Sea Cadet, an Army Cadet and an Air Training Cadet, read the names of the fallen whilst numerous other wreaths were laid by civic, military and various town organisations. In total thirty-four wreaths were laid. Town Clerk Hilary Martin read out a poignant poem by John Bailey, called Taking a Stand.
After the service the Parade, headed up by The Scots Guards Association Pipe Band, marched up the length of the High Street, around the Obelisk and back down to take the Salute from Brigadier Bill O’Leary.
For the first time the whole of the High Street, The Causeway and Marlow Bridge were closed to traffic and parking from 8.00 a.m, with access closed off for Institute Road, Station Road and Pound Lane. Police were on hand to remove any vehicles which were still parked in the High Street after 9.30 a.m. and unfortunately, despite the prominent notices several vehicles had to be towed away. We realise that this may have inconvenienced residents for a short period of time, but do hope that you appreciate that we have a duty of care to ensure the safety of the Parade and visitors.
Past Town Mayor, Cllr Bob Johnson visited our twinned town of Marly-le-Roi to take part in their Remembrance ceremony on 11 November. He joined their Mayor, Jean-Yves Perrot at their memorial to lay a wreath on behalf of the people of Marlow.
Marlow Remembrance Service & Parade 2016
Thousands of people congregated in Marlow High Street on Sunday, 13th November to take part in the very moving Ceremony of Remembrance held at Marlow’s War Memorial on the Causeway.
Representatives from all the Services were present, with their associated cadet forces, scouts, brownies and little ones from Rainbow. They marched from the Royal British Legion headquarters in Station Approach along Station Road to the Memorial, led by the Scots Association Pipe Band. Over 34 wreaths were laid at the memorial by wreath-bearers from all walks of the Marlow community. Lord Lieutenant Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher commenced the wreath-laying, followed by the Mayor of Marlow Bob Johnson, Mayor of Marly-le-Roi Jean-Yves Perrot and Deputy Mayor of Marly Mrs Stephanie Thieyre.
The Mayor began the reading of the names of the Fallen from the First World War and then passed over to the Sea Cadets, Air Training Cadets and Army Cadets who each read a page of names from the two wars.
Reverend Dave Bull, Minister at All Saints’ Marlow took the Service, aided by Reverend Nick Thompson from Marlow Methodist Church and Coral Rumble from Newfield Community Church.
Following the Service the Parade marched up the High Street where crowds lined the road waving Union flags. The Lord Lieutenant took the Salute at the end of Institute Road and the Parade marched back to the British Legion Headquarters, where all those who took part in the Parade and Service were provided with refreshments by the Royal British Legion Club.
Remembrance Day 2015 - A Wonderful Commemoration
Thousands gathered in Marlow on Sunday 8th November, 2015, for the Remembrance Service and Parade held at the Memorial on The Causeway. The Parade was one of the largest yet, with veterans and representatives from all three services: the Royal Navy; the Army, with a large contingent from 871 Squadron Royal Logistics Corp based at Booker; and the RAF from High Wycombe and Medmenham.
Mayor Bob Johnson said: “I was very touched by the numbers of people who attended the service to remember the Fallen in the two World Wars and more recent conflicts. Each year the event seems to go from strength to strength.”
On behalf of the Town Council and the Royal British Legion we would like to thank everyone who participated in this event.