A call to action – we need you on 10 November

Published on 9th October 2018

WW1 soliders marching

Community march honours WW1 service men and women

Cheltenham lost over 1,200 servicemen and servicewomen in the First World War. On this centenary year, the council is inviting residents and their families to represent one or more of the names on the central Cheltenham war memorial on Cheltenham’s Promenade and take part in a community memorial march.

The march will take place from 1.30pm on Saturday 10 November and follow a one mile route through town at a gentle pace.

The march will leave Sandford Park at 1.30pm and walk through the town centre, passing the war memorial, and finish in Montpellier Gardens where there will be a short service of remembrance. Each participant will carry the details (and photo where available) of one of the named casualties on Cheltenham’s war memorial.

Louise Forey, participation and engagement team leader at Cheltenham Borough Council, says “Please join us to show that ‘Cheltenham Remembers’. Our aim is to have a representative on the march for every service man and woman that was lost. This is such a powerful and visual way to represent and thank those who gave so much for us in WW1.

“We’d like to encourage individuals, families, schools and local groups to get involved and so that we reach our target number of 1,200 participants. Please help spread the word in any way you can so that we can make this a truly memorable event.

“For those who don’t wish to march we encourage you to come and show your support along the route.”

For more details and to register for a place please use the Eventbrite link before 24 October to guarantee a place: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cheltenham-remembers-ww1-memorial-march-tickets-49890692404

There will be a rolling road closure for the duration of the event but traffic should not be impacted for more than a maximum of 30 minutes.

Flo Clucas, cabinet member for healthy lifestyles, says: “For many families in Cheltenham, the centenary of the end of hostilities will be a poignant reminder of family members who fought, died, were injured or served their country in other ways. We want these commemorative events to be a unique and fitting tribute to those who gave so much and recall their heroism, self-sacrifice and service.”

The final commemoration event takes place from 5pm to 8pm on 11 November with a special WW1 projection which will light up the Municipal Offices on the Promenade. This powerful, thought provoking and poignant experience will show WW1 imagery and sound to mark the 100 years since the signing of the Armistice and the 15 minute projection will be shown every half hour from 5pm

More information about the fantastic programme of memorial events taking place can be found on the Cheltenham Remembers website:  www.cheltenhamremembers.org.uk

Please note that under 16's are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.

For media enquiries please contact: Jemima Lawson communications officer 01242264332 email communications@cheltenham.gov.uk

Notes: Please note the change of route which was initially from Pittville Park to Montpellier Gardens; this change has taken place to ensure safer road management and the chance for more people to view the event as it comes through the town centre.