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Service will Mark WW1 Centenary

Published Wednesday, 30 July 2014

A DRUMHEAD service will be held in Hinckley Cemetery on Ashby Road this Sunday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Organised by the Royal British Legion and the Borough Council, the service will take place at 2pm on Sunday 3 August and not at 2.30pm as previously advertised.

The short service will be conducted by representatives from local churches and a guard of honour will be formed by the Gurkhas from Gamecock Barracks at Bramcote, alongside First World War re-enactors.

Standard bearers from across the central Midlands will also be present, as will the Mayor of Hinckley and Bosworth, Councillor Jeffrey Bannister.

Speaking on behalf of the local branch of the Royal British Legion, Chairman Ron Collyer said:

“We felt it appropriate that the centenary should not pass without highlighting the fact that there are First World War casualties buried in Hinckley Cemetery.

“There are also a number of family graves which mention casualties buried or commemorated overseas from the conflict and these will also form a pivotal part of the commemoration.

“We cordially invite any member of the public who would be interested in joining us on Sunday. It will be a solemn and respectful occasion and will be the first time in 100 years that such an event has taken place.”

Last updated: 30/07/2014 11:15