Relatives of fallen invited to join candle-lit parade
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 email@example.com.
SERVICE LOCATION: Chesham War Memorial, pictured following its restoration last year