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Town council marks Great War outbreak

First World War book - Banbury Town Council leader Kieron Mallon and author Julian Dancer by the war memorial in People's Park NNL-140225-110750001

First World War book - Banbury Town Council leader Kieron Mallon and author Julian Dancer by the war memorial in People's Park NNL-140225-110750001

A special evening of events has been planned by Banbury Town Council to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Residents who want to pay their respects to descendants who fought in the war, or who simply want to mark the centenary, are invited to the evening on Monday, August 4.

Commemorations will start at 7.30pm and go on until 11pm – the hour war was declared a century ago.

Town council leader Cllr Kieron Mallon said: “Banbury has a proud military history and the town played a massive part in the First World War.

“Many people from the town and nearby villages lost their lives on foreign battlefields.

“Others worked in a huge munitions factory in Grimsbury and Red Cross nurses treated injured soldiers in a makeshift hospital in West Street.

“Red Cross nurses also ran a refreshment centre at Banbury railway station for troops travelling to and from the war zones.

“August 4 will be a fitting tribute to everyone involved in the war.”

A special book, Banbury – the History and the Heritage of World War One, has been published by the town council to illustrate the role played by the town during the conflict.

Free copies will be available to visitors to the event.

An exhibition organised by the Red Cross will also highlight what went on in Banbury from 1914-18.

New stained glass windows in the Town Hall, one dedicated to the First World War, will be unveiled and blessed by the Rt Rev Colin Fletcher, Bishop of Dorchester at 7.30pm.

At 8.30pm there will be a civic procession accompanied by muffled drum from the Town Hall to St Mary’s Church for a vigil service. At 9.30pm names of servicemen and women who died will be read out.

If you would like to attend please e-mail info@banbury.gov.uk or call 01295 250340.

 

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