Football match re-enactment and fireworks in Bracknell Town Council’s World War I commemoration
14th November 2018 Posted in Community News
On Sunday, over 7000 residents attended Bracknell Town Council’s event for Battle’s Over – A Nation’s Tribute, marking the centenary of the end of WWI, combining remembrance with thanksgiving for the end of the war. The event at North Lake, opposite South Hill Park ran from 2pm till 8pm.
“It is a great privilege for Bracknell Town Council to honour the Bracknell residents who gave their lives during World War I” said Cllr Sandra Ingham, Bracknell Town Mayor.
The event started with a re-enactment of the truce football match between the British and German soldiers in authentic uniforms by local football teams Hope & Anchor FC and Finchampstead Athletic FC. FC Bracknell under 7s and under 8s were honoured guests. During half time the 50+ Walking Football Club gave a demonstration.
Various educational crafts were on offer. Families could create remembrance poppies. A WW1 fact trail was on offer. There were vintage fairground rides for children, and various stalls provided by Bracknell Forest Society, 1st Priestwood Guides, Downshire Guides, 6th and 9th Bracknell Scouts just to name a few.
A 360 degree virtual reality experience allowed immersion in the war experience as a WW1 soldier and was very popular.
Children’s artwork and poems to thank the generation that gave their lives were on display at the event and in South Hill Park as part of Bracknell Town Council’s schools’ creative writing and arts competitions.
Additional free bus services were supplied by Courtney Buses to bring Bracknell residents to the event.
Lieutenant Colonel Chris Boryer MBE of The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire Mr Ramnik Saund were in attendance for the memorial ceremony.
Local groups, council staff and councillors planned the event. “I’m extremely proud of the residents of Bracknell who came to pay their respects to the fallen of WW1. We have given residents, and particularly local children, the opportunity to learn more about the fallen and they have grasped it firmly with both hands. What a wonderful event and my thanks to the employees of Bracknell Town Council who worked incredibly hard to deliver this. I’d also like to thank the sponsors, the community events working group, all the stewards, scouts, emergency services, charity collectors and all involved in organising the football match. What a fantastic tribute we have all come together to create”, added Cllr Graham Birch, Chairman of the Community Events Committee.
In the evening, the 130 names of Bracknell’s fallen were read out, followed by a reading by the Town Mayor of ‘Tribute to the Millions’. The Last Post was followed by a minute’s silence.
Lighting of the beacon followed, as part of the 1,300 beacons lit nationally. Church bells in Bracknell then rang out as part of the national commemoration.
Fireworks provided by Star Fireworks concluded the celebrations brought the event to a stunning climax. A bucket collection throughout the event, and over £1600 was raised for The Royal British Legion.