REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY – FLEET 2019
REMEMBRANCE DAY 2019
FLEET PREPARES TO REMEMBER THE FALLEN
Sunday 10th November 2019, Remembrance Sunday and Fleet pulled out all the stops with a timetable that covered a range of events, remembering those that paid the ultimate price for our freedom, in style.
Thankfully the weather was kind on the day, as Fleet and Church Crookham were treated to some lovely Autumn sunshine providing a picturesque backdrop for the services. The popular annual parade was an impressive sight event with both old and young taking part, ending with a gathering in Gurkha Square.
Below: Timings of the Remembrance Sunday events in Fleet and Crookham.
REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY – 10TH NOVEMBER
10.45am – Act of Remembrance and laying of wreaths at The War Memorial, Gally Hill Road, Church Crookham. Followed by Service of Remembrance in Christ Church, Gally Hill Road, Church Crookham.
11.00am – Two Minutes Silence at The War Memorial, Gurkha Square, Fleet.
2.30pm – Civic Service of Remembrance in The Harlington, Fleet, followed by the Parade to Gurkha Square and an Act of Remembrance.
3.30pm – Parade with Band from Church Road car park to Gurkha Square, Fleet for an Act of Remembrance and laying of wreaths. The Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire and civic leaders will take the salute on Fleet Road before the Parade enters Gurkha Square. We are ask any current servicemen and women, veterans, their families and Poppy Appeal collectors join the parade to Gurkha Square. Please join us to parade on this special day, we encourage all those who can wear regimental beret and tie, medals of their own or of their parents/grandparents (worn on right-hand side). Form-up in Church Road car park from 3pm ready to set-off at 3.30pm.
But the work started long before the big day itself, with local Councils, Councillors and residents setting the scene for the events to come. Poppies adorned lamp posts all around Fleet and Fleet Town Council lit up the war memorial in Gurkha Square, bathing it in a sea of red and highlighting it for the annual event.
Below: Fleet Town Council turns the war memorial poppy-red. Photo credits: Fleet Town Council.
Below: Councillors Jonathan Wright and Peter Wildsmith help put up the lamp post poppies in Ancells Farm. Photo credits: Glyn Carpenter.
Below: Councillor Marilyn Robson and team put up poppies in Elvetham Heath. Photo credit: Marilyn Robson.
WAR MEMORIAL CHURCH CROOKHAM
Church Crookham was the first to commemorate Remembrance Sunday at 10.45am, with the laying of wreaths at The War Memorial, Gally Hill Road, Church Crookham. Followed by Service of Remembrance in Christ Church, just up the road.
Below: Church Crookham Remembrance Service and laying of the wreaths. Photo credits Helen Hoffman.
CIVIC CEREMONY IN THE HARLINGTON
The Harlington was also decorated for the occasion and was the location for a Civic Service of Remembrance. The event was introduced by Chair of Fleet Town Council, Councillor Bob Schofield and included a service, music from the orchestra as well as hymns and prayers led by Reverend Mark Hayton. Refreshments were served after the event.
Below: The Harlington Centre and the Civic Service of Remembrance. Photo credits: Steve Foster and Zoe Peach.
PREPARING FOR THE PARADE
After the Civic Ceremony had ended, participants gathered in Church Road car park to get prepared for the parade. From young to old, everyone came together to commemorate the day and to put on a display that Fleet could be proud of.
Below: Preparing for the parade. Photo credits: Zoe Peach.
Below: Sandhurst and District Corps of Drums preparing for the parade (short clip). Photo and Video credit: Zoe Peach.
REMEMBRANCE DAY PARADE
The high street was closed for the parade, as the procession travelled up Fleet Road, ending in Gurkha Square. The annual event featured veterans, The Fleet Lions, The British Royal Legion and representatives from Fire and Police services. There were also members of the St. Johns Ambulance, Community First Responders, and children from local Guides, Cubs and Beavers groups plus many more more. Councillor Steve Forster said “I believe this was the largest parade in many years. truly uplifting. Thank you to you all.”
Below: The Remembrance Day Parade in Fleet High Street. Photo credits: Zoe Peach and Ruth Hill.
Below: Part of the Remembrance Day Parade 2019. Video credit: Zoe Peach.
GURKHA SQUARE REMEMBRANCE SERVICE
As the parade came to an end, it gradually filtered into Gurkha Square, where crowds came together to pay their respects to the fallen with an ‘Act of Remembrance’.
Below: The parade filters into Gurkha Square for the Remembrance Service. Photo and video credits: Zoe Peach.
Below: The programme from the Remembrance Day 2019 events.
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Below: Scenes from the Remembrance Service in Gurkha Square. Photo credits: Steve Forster, Zoe Peach and Ruth Hill.
Below: Left to Right – Parade Marshall Major David Millen, Earl of Malmesbury (Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire), Cllr John Kennett (Deputy Chairman Hart DC), Air Commodore Bill Tyack (Chairman Fleet, Crookham & District Branch, Royal British Legion) County Cllr Steve Forster. Photo credit: Steve Forster.
Below: The band of the Royal British Legion Farnborough and the crowds sing the hymn “Guide Me, Oh Thou Great Redeemer”, accompanied by the Hart male voice choir. Video credit: Zoe Peach.
THE LAYING OF THE WREATHS
As the hymn died down, standards were lowered and ‘The Last Post’ was sounded to signal a two minute silence.
The silence ended with the sounding of “Reveille” and a member of the Royal British Legion recited the Kohima Epitaph: “When you go home, Tell them of us and say, ‘for your tomorrow, we gave our today”.
The wreath laying ceremony then commenced, with poppy wreaths being laid by Cllr Bob Schofield (Fleet Town Council), Cllr Marilyn Robson (Elvetham Heath Parish Council), Cllr John Kennet (Hart District Council) and Cllr Steve Forster (Hampshire County Council), as well as local representatives and organisations including the Guides, Scouts and Beavers groups amongst others.
Dignitaries at the event included Parade Marshall Major David Millen, Earl of Malmesbury (Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire) and Air Commodore Bill Tyack (Chairman of Fleet, Crookham & District Branch, Royal British Legion).
Councillor Steve Forster:
“It was an honour for me to represent Hampshire County Council at today’s remembrance service. Taking part in the parade and seeing so many people lining the street and applauding was heartwarming. The nicest thing was it just shows what a great community we have, it was lovely to see the support from the blue light services and military services.”
Councillor Marilyn Robson
“I was extremely proud to lay the wreath on behalf of the residents of Elvetham Heath and I would like to thank all those involved in the organisation of the event.”
Below: Wreaths being laid at the war memorial. Photo credits: Tim Burt and Zoe Peach.
Below: Poignant. Individual poppy wreaths and crosses at Gurkha Square war memorial, pictured after the event.
CLOSING OF SERVICE
As the sun went down, the events of the day were brought to a close with the singing of the national anthem and the offer of refreshments in the Harlington.
Below: The national anthem is sung to mark the closing of the services. Video credit: Zoe Peach.
Below: In true British style, the day ended with tea and biscuits, served in the Harlington. Photo credits: Zoe Peach.
Below: The war memorial and its poppy tributes after the event. Silent in their poppy-red glow. Photo credits: Zoe Peach.
THE ALBUM – FLEET REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 2019
If you’d like to see more photos from the event, then just take a look through the selection below. Click on a photo to enlarge it and scroll through all images (individual wreaths and tributes listed further up the page).