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High Wycombe marks Armistice Day 100 years on from the end of The First World War

| November 11, 2018

There was a solemn atmosphere in High Wycombe Town centre on the morning of Sunday 11th November 2018 for the annual Remembrance Day parade.

This years Remembrance Day Parade carried with it extra significance as it coincided with the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War.

At 10.30am the procession left Queen Victoria Road and made its way towards the High Street where the High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire, Professor R S Farwell CBE DL, and the Mayor of High Wycombe, Cllr Sarfaraz Khan Raja, took the salute from the dais.

The parade then went on to the War Memorial beside the Parish Church where a short service took place followed by the laying of the wreaths.

Hundreds of civilians and service personnel filled the the roads around the War Memorial, with Castle Street being filled to capacity. Personnel from the Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service were also in attendance with their members standing outside the Post Office.

After the two minutes of silence was observed there followed the laying of wreaths on the War Memorial. A hymn was then sung before the dignitaries and service personnel went inside the Parish Church for a further service.

Wreaths were also laid at the War Memorial next to the main entrance at Wycombe Hospital where the plaques bearing the names of those from High Wycombe and surrounding villages who perished in the Great War are displayed.

A wreath was also laid on the Dunkirk Memorial in Castle Street.

Dunkirk Memorial, Castle Street, High Wycombe.

Another wreath was laid at the memorial to National Service Personnel in the Library Gardens in Queen Victoria Road.

National Service Memorial, Queen Victoria Road, High Wycombe.

However there were no wreaths laid at the memorial in London Road to those who fell in the Burma conflict.

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