Rel­a­tives of fallen in­vited to join can­dle-lit pa­rade

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY -

THE or­gan­is­ers of the Che­sham event that will wrap up this week­end’s First World War com­mem­o­ra­tions are ap­peal­ing for rel­a­tives of peo­ple who died in the con­flict and cen­te­nar­i­ans to get in­volved.

The Royal Bri­tish Le­gion has or­gan­ised a can­dle-lit pa­rade and ser­vice to take place on Mon­day next week – 100 years to the day since Bri­tain de­clared war on Ger­many in 1914.

The pro­ces­sion will as­sem­ble at the Clock Tower in Mar­ket Square at 8.15pm. It will be led by 188 peo­ple, rep­re­sent­ing the num­ber of peo­ple from Che­sham who lost their lives in the war.

They will walk in groups of four, all hold­ing can­dles, and will split into pairs when they reach the war memo­rial in The Broad­way to cre­ate a dou­ble ring around the mon­u­ment.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic will then stand in­side the ring for a ser­vice of re­mem­brance led by The Rev Colin Cartwright from Trin­ity Bap­tist Church and Arif Hus­sain, the imam at Che­sham Mosque.

The Union Jack will be low­ered as the sun sets, at about 8.50pm.

Or­gan­iser Ali­son Pirouet said: “The idea is for it to wrap up the whole week­end.

“I’m hop­ing it’ll be a poignant event that will be re­flec­tive and make peo­ple think what peo­ple went through 100 years ago, when the town was to­tally dif­fer­ent to what it is now.”

Forces rep­re­sen­ta­tives and Che­sham town coun­cil­lors will be among those in the pro­ces­sion of 188 peo­ple, but Mrs Pirouet would also like the rel­a­tives of those who died in the war to join the can­dle­bear­ers.

She is also invit­ing peo­ple who are aged 100 to take part in the com­mem­o­ra­tion. The cen­te­nar­i­ans are not ex­pected to walk in the pro­ces­sion but can have seats at a spe­cial place by the war memo­rial.

The photo on the front of order of ser­vice for the event will be of John Sim­mons, from La­timer Road, Che­sham, who died in the war aged 19. Mrs Pirouet is try­ing to trace his sur­viv­ing fam­ily mem­bers.

The event is be­ing spon­sored by Char­tridge Lodge, HG Matthews Brick­works, Cabco and an anony­mous spon­sor.

Elderly and dis­abled peo­ple who need a lift to Mon­day’s ser­vice can call Cabco on 01494 791 122.

To be in­volved in the pro­ces­sion call Mrs Pirouet on 01494 571 018 or 07984 725 179, or email her on al­ison­pirouet@gmail.com.

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SER­VICE LO­CA­TION: Che­sham War Memo­rial, pic­tured fol­low­ing its restora­tion last year

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