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Civic Journey of Commemoration to Ypres

Armistice Day 2015

Councillor Bowles, Leader of the Council with wreath

On Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day Swale stood alongside the rest of the country to remember all of our war dead.

To mark Sittingbourne’s close ties with Ypres, Swale Council again supported school ambassadors in making an annual ‘Journey of Commemoration’ for Armistice to Belgium. The Council was represented by the Mayoress, Mrs Sylvia Lawrence, and the Mayoral Cadet, who joined representatives from around the world at the annual Armistice Service in Ypres.

They were supported by school ambassadors from the nine senior schools across the Borough. Swale Borough Council Leader, Cllr Andrew Bowles, laid a floral tribute from the people of Swale at the Menin Gate following the annual Poppy Parade through the town centre, and the Mayoress and Mayor’s Cadet laid a wreath at the Belgian Memorial.

After the formal service and Last Post, the civic party and the school ambassadors travelled by coach to the Tyne Cot Cemetery and Memorial where many men from Swale are listed.

The World War I Centenary will continue through to 2018 with many events to mark the outbreak of the First World War. You can find details of future events and see how the council will get involved by viewing our World War 1 Centenary Anniversary page. For national events visit the First World War Centenary website.

Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day 2014

Mayor of Swale, Cllr George Bobbin and students from the Borough’s secondary schools at the annual Armistice service in Ypres, Belgium.
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