World War I Armistice centenary: Stevenage pays its respects
- Credit: Gary Wilkins
Stevenage Old Town’s war memorial hosted three separate services on Remembrance Sunday, which saw thousands of people in attendance to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.
With Armistice Day falling on the same day, there was no service in Stevenage town centre – with organisers believing the Old Town may have seen its biggest turnout since 1921.
Proceedings began at the war memorial at 6am with Pipe Major Hamish Macleod playing the Lament for the last time after years of service, with about 300 people gathering in the rain to listen to the piper.
Then at 10.15am the parade marched off from Primett Road to the war memorial and assembled on the Bowling Green ready for the service, where 85 wreaths were layed, plus flowers and more than 200 poppy crosses. Stevenage’s Royal British Legion branch estimates there were about 3,000 people lining the route.
At 6.55pm The Last Post was played at the war memorial, before the lighting of a beacon at 7pm brought an end to the centenary services.