Organised by Marlow Town Council and the Marlow Royal British Legion, the Remembrance Parade and Service were held on Sunday 13th November at the Memorial on The Causeway.
The parade, which consisted of members of the armed forces, veterans, Royal British Legion, cadets, local organisations, Brownies, Guides and Scouts, left from the Royal British Legion Headquarters in Station Approach and finished at the Memorial on The Causeway. Rev Canon Dave Bull of All Saints’ Church led the service, assisted by Kenn Baird of Newfield Community Church and Rev Kate Strange of Marlow Methodist Church. Marlow’s Town Band played the hymns and national anthems.
The Town Mayor, Cllr Richard Scott, read a prayer for the fallen and those who suffer, while Cllr David Brown and cadets from the three cadet units in the town read out the names of the Fallen as the wreaths were being laid. Chairman Shaun Murphy gave the Royal British Legion Exhortation and The Kohima Epitaph.
Deputy Lieutenant Air Vice-Marshall Chris R Elliot, CB CBE DLC, commenced the wreath-laying by placing a wreath on behalf of the Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire. Mayor Richard Scott laid a wreath on behalf of the People of Marlow and the Mayor from Marly-le-Roi, accompanied him to lay a wreath on behalf of the people of Marly-le-Roi. Over 40 wreaths were laid by representatives of local organisations.
The Deputy Lieutenant took the Salute from the parade in the High Street before it marched back to the Legion Headquarters in Station Road.
Mayor Richard Scott said: “I was very pleased to have led the town’s remembrance again and I’m delighted that so many residents and organisations took part to pay their respects. It was particularly pleasing to see many of the town’s younger residents participating in the parade and the service. The mayor of our French twin town of Marly le Roi Mr Jean-Yves Perrot also attended for the first time in six years, together with Deputy Mayor Cecile Deleplanque. I hope that support for this key town event will continue to grow over the coming years”.
Remembrance in Marly-le-Roi
In addition to commemorating the Marlow fallen of two world wars and subsequent conflicts on Remembrance Day 13 November in Marlow, Mayor Richard Scott visited our twin town on Marly le Roi on Armistice Day 11 November.
The mayor laid a wreath on behalf of Marlow and its residents and also gave the following speech –
‘I am honoured to be with you in Marly on this very important day, when we commemorate and remember not only the end of the devastating first world war in 1918, but also those who died and suffered in the second world war which ended 77 years ago.
On 11 November, our two countries come together to remember the sacrifice of millions of our citizens. In both wars, huge sacrifices were made by our ancestors, loved ones, family members, friends and fellow citizens. These two world wars were difficult times in the history of Europe and must not be repeated.
Since 1945, we have been fortunate to live together in peace and I hope it will remain that way for many years to come. However, we are facing challenges in eastern Europe and the whole world must work together to bring peace to Ukraine and the surrounding nations.
In our small way, Marlow and Marly will continue to work together to strenghten the relationship between our two countries over the coming years’.
The Mayor also took the opportunity to plant a tree in the Maillol gardens in Marly to commemorate the 50th anniversary of town twinning between our two towns.
Remembrance Parade and Service
Marlow Town Council and the Royal British Legion were delighted that this very poignant and moving ceremony to remember the Fallen as able to go ahead on Sunday 14th November in its usual format this year.
The parade, which consisted of members of the armed forces, veterans, Royal British Legion, cadets, local organisations, Brownies, Guides and Scouts, left from the Royal British Legion Headquarters in Station Approach and arrived at the Memorial on The Causeway led by the always impressive Scots Guards Association Pipe Band.
Canon Rev Dave Bull of All Saints’ Church led the Service, with Reverend Sarah Jones of All Saints, Pastor Kenn Baird of Newfield Community Church, and Canon Fr John Udris of St Peter’s RC Church with Marlow’s Town Band providing the music for the hymns and the two National Anthems.
Town Mayor, Cllr Richard Scott, read a prayer for the Fallen and those who suffer. Cadets from the three cadet units in the town reading out the names of the Fallen from the First and Second World Wars and Afghanistan. Over 40 wreaths were laid during the reading of the names at the memorial.
Lord Lieutenant for Buckinghamshire, The Countess Howe, came on parade at the start of the Service and took the Salute at the end of the service from the podium near the gold postbox in the High Street.
Mayor Richard Scott said “I am very pleased to have led the Town’s remembrance at the first physical commemoration since 2019. I was delighted that so many residents came to pay their respects and take part. I am particularly pleased to be joined by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant, The Countess Howe.
Due to Covid-19, the Town Council had taken the decision earlier in the year to cancel the usual Remembrance Parade and Service. As both Marlow Town Council and the Royal British Legion were determined to ensure that Remembrance was honoured, it was decided to have a ‘virtual Service’ instead. Organisations were invited to lay wreaths at the All Saints’ church memorial which was to be filmed by Tim Ashburner of the BBC and Marlow FM.
Filming took place in All Saints’ Church over two days observing the current Government guidelines, Dave Bull, Rector of All Saints’, Rev’d Nick Thompson from Marlow Methodist Church and Anthea Wratten from River Church all took part. Countess Elizabeth Howe, Deputy Lieutenant laid a wreath on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen, together with the Andrew Farncombe Esq. High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire, Cllr Richard Scott on behalf of Buckinghamshire Council and Cllr Bob Johnson, Deputy Mayor of Marlow. The President of the Marlow Branch of the Royal British Legion, John Chapman, MBE and Chairman of the Royal British Legion Club, Paul Tyler laid wreaths. Representatives from the Air Force, Royal Marine, cadets from 1811 Squadron, Air Training Corp and Marlow Sea Cadets also attended. Many organisations that would normally attend the traditional event at the War Memorial were in attendance.