Be a part of WW1 community commemoration march

Published on 7th August 2018

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Local residents of all ages are invited to join a community march, in memory of the 1290 Cheltonians who died during the First World War.

Local residents of all ages are invited to join a community march, in memory of the 1290 Cheltonians who died during the First World War. 

The march is being organised as part of the Cheltenham Remembers programme of WW1 centenary commemorative events, with support from a team of volunteers, the borough council and Cheltenham BID.  It will take place on afternoon of Saturday 10 November 2018 from 1-3.30pm

Councillor Flo Clucas, cabinet member for healthy lifestyles said: ‘’The march will represent each of the 1290 Cheltonians who died during the First World War, all of whom are commemorated on the central war memorial on The Long Gardens on the Promenade.  I hope that many people will come along and share our acknowledgement of the soldiers’ bravery and love for Cheltenham and its people.”

Get involved...

Represent a soldier:

Volunteers are needed to participate in the march to represent one of the 1,290 casualties listed on the war memorial. Each volunteer will carry the name and any records relating to a single soldier lost in the war and will march from Pittville Park to Montpellier Gardens, passing the war memorial on their way. The aim is to create a powerful visual representation of all those who gave so much, asked so little and helped to shape our world as we know it today. Please join us in remembering and saying ‘thank you’ to all of them.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the march can sign up here.

If you’re part of a larger organisation such as a school, voluntary organisation, or community group or workplace, please consider supporting the project as a team. Could you pledge to provide a certain number of soldiers for example? Anyone interested in submitting a marching group, please email Geoff Ratcliffe.

Come and watch:

Save the date of Saturday 10 November 2018 and then come and watch it unfold. Seeing the sheer scale of 1,290 people is sure to make an impact, and we'd like people watching to ensure it is noticed and remembered.

Share the date: 

As well as adding it to your personal diary, please share the date with friends, family and colleagues and encourage everyone to come along.


 

For press enquiries, contact: Katie Sandey, communications and web team leader, 01242 264231, communications@cheltenham.gov.uk