On Monday 4 August, the Mayor of Fareham and Civic party were joined by Fareham residents at variety of events in the town centre to commemorate the Centenary of the outbreak of World War One.
The Mayor of Fareham, Councillor David Norris unveiled a new commemoration stone followed by the last post and a fanfare of doves. The crowd, gathered to watch the event, joined children from Good Manors Nursery as they sang 'Daisy Daisy'. Further music from the era could be heard from the live band, the FB Pocket Orchestra.
At Westbury Manor Museum, residents of all ages were invited to participate in a number of activities reminiscent of 100 years ago. An Enlistment Office, genuine WW1 Thornycroft Type J truck, Edwardian dress up box and peg doll dress making were just some of the free activities designed to mark the occasion as well as a play telling the story of women's experience during the war, 'No Man's Land'.
A special commemorative service was held in the gardens of Holy Trinity Church by the wild flower meadow planted earlier in the year. Parishioners adorned a woodcrafted cross with posies as a tribute to WW1 soliders from Fareham. The service was followed by 'War time Tea & Cakes' and the opening of the photo exhibition, 'The lost sons of Fareham' by local photographer Innes Marlow. The work displays the headstones of soldiers whose names are listed on the war memorial, erected in 1921 outside the church, and whose war graves remain in French or Belgian cemeteries. Innes's work gives us a chance to pay our respects at the gravestones of these brave individuals. The work will be available to view throughout the week (until 8th August) between 11am - 3pm.