Abergavenny Town Council to mark World War I centenary

By Jake Chown  
Tuesday 23rd October 2018 7:19 am
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Abergavenny Town Council will host a number of events alongside local groups to remember the sacrifice made by the men and women from Abergavenny as the 100-year mark since the ned of World War I looms.

“Our thanks go to everyone that has knitted, crocheted or made felt poppies. These have now been attached to camouflage netting and will be fixed to key buildings in the town. They offer a very visual reminder of the poppy and its symbolism.

“In the Market Hall, a net will be hung which is dotted with red, white and purple poppies made by children from Cantref Primary, Our Lady St Michael’s Primary and King Henry VIII school as well as Abergavenny Brownies and Rainbows,” said Jane Lee, town clerk.

The Town Council is taking part in the national installation There But Not There, where silhouettes of soldiers are placed in buildings and outside spaces throughout the UK. St Mary’s Priory Church is home to five silhouettes which offer the opportunity for a moment to pause and reflection whilst sitting next to an outline of a person.

On Sunday, November 11, the Town Council invites the public to join them in the Castle Grounds at 6.50pm as part of the international tribute Battle’s Over – commemorating 100 years since the end of WWI.

Town councillors, together with 2478 (Abergavenny) RAF Air Cadets, Gwent & Powys Army Cadet Force and Abergavenny Borough Band, will be playing its part in Battle’s Over, an international commemoration marking 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of World War I.

At 6.55pm a bugler from the Borough Band will play the Last Post, he will be joined by thousands throughout the UK at the exact same time. At 7pm the Air and Army Cadets will light a beacon on the Blorenge (one of thousands throughout the UK) and at 7.05pm a peal of bells will sound from St Mary’s Priory Church, again on of thousands throughout the UK. ??Mayor Councillor Teslin Davies said, “We are proud to be playing a part in this historic international event to commemorate the centenary of the end of the Great War, and to recognise the contribution and sacrifice made by the men and women from our own community.”

The final commemorative event will the performance of the play ‘The Last Post’ in the Borough Theatre of the evening of Monday 12, and Tuesday, November 13.

The play is a serious story about local families in Abergavenny, centred on a 15-year-old telegram delivery boy. It is in the style of “The Good Ol’ Days” and features a warm and heart-wrenching story interspersed with music, sing-a-longs and sketches performed by the Borough Band and local choirs.

Tickets cost £6 each and are available from the Borough Theatre. ??

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