Shrewton remembers the First World War

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WALKS and talks are among the events planned by villagers in Shrewton to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War 100 years ago.

The climax of this year’s programme will be a parade through the village on July 27, leaving the Social Club at 1.30pm and ending with a religious service and tea at the recreation ground.

A month earlier, on June 27, villagers will have the chance to walk over the Stonehenge landscape in the company of an expert who will point out the features relating to its role in the history of military aviation. Details of the talks (which start this month, January) and events are available at shrewton.com.

Plans are also afoot to compile a book of remembrance bearing the names of all those who fought in the 1914-1918 war and for it to be kept in the parish church at Shrewton.

So far it has been estimated that 81 men took part in the war from Shrewton and surrounding settlements such as Maddington, Elston and Rollestone.

The events have been organised by the Shrewton Shines committee. Its chairman Carole Slater, who is also the parish council chairman, said: “We hope that during the next four years, whenever the anniversary of one of the battles comes up, we can remember it, and then in 2018, to mark the end of the war, we will have a celebration.”

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