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Armistice commemoration event - 12 November, Appletree Court

Councillors, staff and guests marked 100 years since the end of World War One at an event on Monday 12 November.

Staff and councillors with a current or past military connection took part in a short procession in the grounds of our offices at Appletree Court in Lyndhurst. They were joined by members of Lyndhurst Royal British Legion, and serving members of 17 Port and Maritime Regiment Royal Logistics Corps, the regiment granted Freedom of the New Forest District by the council in 2016.

Councillor Goff Beck, NFDC Armed Forces Champion, then read the remembrance verses from Laurence Binyon's poem "For the Fallen".  Bugler Chris Mahy played the Last Post, signalling the start of the two minute silence, during which the Lyndhurst Royal British Legion Standard was lowered by Standard Bearer David Gammon. As the assembled staff, councillors, and invited guests observed the ceremony, the playing of the Reveille marked the end of the silence.

Council Chairman Councillor Mel Kendal then laid a wreath, followed by representatives from 17 Port and Maritime Regiment RLC and Lyndhurst Royal British Legion, and Chief Inspector Robert Mitchell of Hampshire Constabulary. NFDC Leader Councillor Barry Rickman and Chief Executive Bob Jackson laid a wreath of behalf of councillors and staff.

Young pupils Emily and Harry, from St Michael and All Angels School, reading the Kohima Epitaph, brought the commemoration to a close before the procession reformed and took its leave.

Cllr Mel Kendal, said, "It was important for us to hold this event to commemorate the people of the New Forest who gave their lives in the Great War, and to pause and reflect on what others sacrificed.  I am pleased that we have been joined by every generation, from veterans who live in our community, to local school children. " 


On 11 November, New Forest District Council was represented by the Chairman, Vice Chairman and Leader of the council when they attended and laid wreaths at Remembrance services across the forest - The Chairman, Cllr Melville Kendall at New Milton, Keyhaven and Milford on Sea (with Deputy Lieutenant The Hon Mrs Mary Montagu-Scott DL on behalf of Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire), the Vice Chairman, Cllr Alan Glass at Fawley, Cllr Pat Wyeth, on behalf of the Chairman, at the Lyndhurst event, and Leader of the council, Councillor Barry Rickman, at Sway events. 

Updated: 12 Nov 2018
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