Armistice..... Marlborough falls silent for two minutesA pin dropping at St Peter's would have resonated throughout the length of the High Street, all the way to the Town Hall. At 11am this morning, 11 November 2017 Marlborough fell silent.
Drivers stopped and turned off their engines, market traders stopped in mid-sale, pedestrians moving from one shop to the next stopped still and for two minutes until Alec Light, Branch Chairman of Marlborough British Legion took up the mic again there was complete and respectful silence.
At ten to Eleven Navy veteran Gordon Swinton started the ringing of the Marlborough's bell with assistance from the two Custodians of the Bell, former Town Mayor Derek Smithers and retired editor Nigel Kerton.
The Civic Group, preceded by Town Crier Mike Tupman emerged from the Town Hall and Alec Light then led the two minute silence.
The Last Post then echoed across the silent High Street, played by trumpeter Basil King, who then as Sergeant Basil King of the Queen's Royal Irish Hussars became famous for sounding Reveille at the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill in St Paul's Cathedral fifty-two years ago.
The party then marched down past the Town Hall to the London Road War Memorial where the Town Mayor, Cllr Mervyn King laid the first of several wreaths to commemorate Armistice Day followed by Lady Penny Marland, High Sheriff of Wiltshire, Alec Light of The Royal British Legion, 4MI Batallion, the Mayor's Chaplain and St John's School.