Armistice Day 100 Year Commemoration

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Armistice Day 100 Year Commemoration

Tree planting:

Date:Saturday 10 November 2018

Time:10.00 am

Place:World War One Memorial Tree Walk at Churchill Glade, Pollard Park, Blenheim

On Saturday 10 November a special tree planting ceremony will take place at the World War One Memorial Tree Walk at Churchill Glade in Pollard Park.

The Marlborough RSA was gifted two seedlings sourced from the lone Turkish red pine that stood on a hill above Anzac Cove in Gallipoli, where soldiers from New Zealand and Australia landed.

Mayor John Leggett and Marlborough RSA President Chris Bamber will plant the trees on behalf of our community.

Armistice Day Service:

Date: Sunday 11 November 2018

Time: 10.45 am

Place: War Memorial Clock Tower, Seymour Square

A large turnout is expected for the traditional Armistice Day service on Sunday 11 November in Seymour Square, the final service in the four year programme of events that have been held to mark the WW1 Centenary.

Church bells will be pealing at they did 100 years ago with news of the peace.

The Council offices will be decorated to reflect the street decorations erected for Blenheim’s Peace Parade which drew big crowds celebrating the end of the war.

Sunday’s Armistice Day service will begin at 10.45 am with a large contingent from RNZAF Base Woodbourne joining Returned Servicemen and Servicewomen to march from the band rotunda in Market Square, around Seymour Square to the war memorial clock tower.

There will be a fly-past at 11.00 am, just before the service gets under way.

Marlborough Mayor John Leggett will welcome everyone and a short address will be delivered by past Mayor Alistair Sowman.

Marlborough Girls’ College students will take part in the service; Libby McDonald will lead the singing of the New Zealand and British national anthems and Lilah Bowers will recite the battlefield poem ‘In Flanders Fields’. The Combined Choirs of Marlborough will sing during the wreath laying and placing of poppies.

The traditional wreath of red poppies will be laid at the war memorial, a reminder of the wild poppies that grew across the Flanders lowlands where so many troops lost their lives.

Marlborough District Brass Band member Denis Teeling will play The Last Post for the final time during the centenary. Mr Teeling, supported by Nan Kahu and her kapahaka group, performed in a short service for 100 consecutive days in 2015 to mark the centenary.

If the weather is bad, the Armistice Day 100 Year Commemoration Service will be moved to the Marlborough Lines Stadium 2000 in Kinross Street, Blenheim.