Clouds and rain keep away as Marlborough's Remembrance Sunday Parade enjoys glorious crisp autumn sunlight

Written by Neil Goodwin on .

War Memorial resplendent with wreathsWar Memorial resplendent with wreathsThe sun shone on this morning’s Remembrance Sunday Parade as Marlborough was bathed in a glorious golden autumn light, warm in colour if not in actual temperature.

The High Street thronged with spectators, of all ages and displaying poppies of many different designs, styles and size, but with common theme - the colour red.

Mayor Noel Barrett-Morton, resplendent and comfortably warm in full mayoral regalia of thick red fur-trimmed cloak, tricorn hat and substantial mayoral chain led proceedings by reviewing the troops and organisations present.

The troops were from Tidworth-based 4 Military Intelligence Batallion, Marlborough’s ‘adopted’ army battalion - the first Army unit to have been awarded Marlborough’s Freedom of Entry since 1204. They were joined by representatives including those from the British Legion, Marlborough’s cadet forces and the boys and girls of the scouting movement.

Members of Phoenix Brass Band led the parade from the High Street, past the Town Hall, along New Road and into Barn Street before lining up in a formal assembly - overseen by the 4MI Regimental Sergeant Major - in the apron in front of the Barn Street War Memorial where the service was conducted by Revd Dr Janneke Blokland whilst the address was led by Councillor Alec Light.

Twenty two wreaths were laid - see pics below, with the lead wreath set in front of the War Memorial by the Mayor, a fitting tribute to those men and women of Marlborough who fell in conflicts since the Great War and to those who continue to serve their country today.

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