Remembrance Day 2018

Published: 13 November 2018

Photo of town councillors leading the Remebrance walk  Photo of crowd gathered for the Remembrance event  Photo of group observing a minute's silence

On Sunday 11 November 2018, BFSTC delivered a Remembrance Day event at the War Memorial. The event took place in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice and approximately 200 people attended.

A silent community walk took place at 9.00am from Elizabeth Square along Queensway to outside the War Memorial and participants included: the British Legion, Thames Valley Police, St Martin's Church, Knowles Primary School, Newton Leys Primary School, Freemasons, Leon Residents Association and Neighbourhood Action Group.

The ceremony followed at the War Memorial led by Revd Chris Hicken from Willen Hospice and an Islamic faith leader Mr Abdul Hai also shared a few words. Wreaths were laid by: the Chair & Vice-Chair of BFSTC, MK Mayor, Iain Stewart MP and other community members from St Giles, St Martin’s, Red House Surgery and Patients Participation Group, Freemasons, Leon Residents Association and many others.

There was a moment of reflection where the names of the fallen inscribed on the War Memorial were read out through the PA system, and the Last Post and Reveille were played by a bugler, Mr Arwel Rees-Kay. Poppies were hand crafted by local resident Mrs Lorraine McCoy and displayed on the day.

Bletchley Freemasons provided guests with light refreshments at the Masonic Hall and this was a great opportunity for all to reflect and share their experiences/memories with others.

BFSTC would like to thank everyone who attended the event and made the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice very special. BFSTC is particularly grateful to Revd Chris Hicken to lead the ceremony; to the British Legion for their support and assistance throughout the event; and to Bletchley Freemasons’ voluntary work on the upkeep of the flower beds, restoring the Memorial gate and litter picking the area surrounding the memorial prior to the service and providing guests with light refreshments after the ceremony. Special thanks also go to BFSTC team including the Vice-Chair for planning and assisting the staff team since June 2018, Cllr Ron Haine for distributing flyers across the parish; and Cllr Webster for the official photography on the day.