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Life-size silhouette tribute

to Thorngumbald nine

     
       
   

THORNGUMBALD is marking the centenary of the Armistice with a poignant tribute to the nine people from the village who fell in service to their country during the Great War. Nine life-sized steel silhouettes of the soldiers have been placed at the entrance to the village and specially lit in the evening to provide a striking image to those travelling to and through the village. The scene will show the men returning to the village – though in reality, the horrors of war meant they never did.
The idea was the brainchild of Ben Elton, a former sergeant major, from the village who had the silhouettes made. The Parish Council has backed the idea and along with other support agreed to provide the lighting. On Sunday there will be a Remembrance Service in the Community Institute at 10am followed, at 11am by the Remembrance ceremony outside at the War Memorial attached to the Institute wall; the observance of a two-minute silence and the laying of a poppy wreath. This will be followed by the tolling of the church bell nine times in memory of the nine men who did not return to the village.

Following that villagers will make their way to the site of the nine silhouettes, where there will be a second laying of a wreath and a short ceremony. This is due to take place at 11.45am.

As part of the national lighting of beacons on the evening, the Thorngumbald beacon will be lit on the recreation area on the Main Road (opposite the Vicarage). The church bell will be rung, this time in celebration of the ending of the Great War. This will be followed by an event in the Community Institute for parish residents with a finger buffet provided by the parish council. There will be songs and music from the era, together with poetry and prose commemorating the event. Guests are invited to dress in period costume.

Tickets are available free of charge from the Parish Office in the Village Hall.

 
         
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