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Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day 2014

Armistice Day 2014

Mayor Cllr George Bobbin with wreath

This year the journey of commemoration was led by the Mayor Cllr George Bobbin who was joined by students from all of the Swale Secondary Schools and Meadowfield Sixth Form.

The coach day trip enabled Swale (having Sittingbourne twinned with Ypres) to be represented and participate in the Poppy Parade and Armistice Service. The Mayor of Swale laid wreaths at the Menin Gate and Belgium War Memorial on behalf of the residents of Swale. Cllr Andrew Bowles Leader of the Council made his way independently to take part in the Armistice Service at the Menin Gate.

On the return journey the coach stopped at Tyne Cot, White House and Lijjsenthoek Military Cemeteries and Mike Scott, an official battlefield tour guide provided a very thought provoking commentary telling the true life stories of the fallen some of were identified from Sittingbourne.

The trip was educational and commemorative and all those who participated welcomed the opportunity to represent the Borough and many were moved by the Armistice Service and the whole experience.

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.

Pupils at Lijjsenthoek Military Cemetery

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