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Ceremony and Wreath Laying

Bedford’s Foster Hill Road Cemetery will host a very special ceremony and wreath laying on Sunday 3rd August to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

 

The Cemetery includes many graves of the fallen of the Great War, with neighbouring Bedford Park also being the base for many serving soldiers before being posted overseas. 

 

Among the 142 WW1 graves that will receive a Union Jack flag and a Royal British Legion poppy cross are those of 33 Highlanders who are buried at the cemetery.  Shortly after war was declared more than 17,000 Scottish soldiers arrived in Bedford, they were based in camps and in domestic premises.

 

Organised by the Friends of Foster Hill Road Cemetery and with support from The Royal British Legion, Sea, Army and Air Cadets, the Scots St Andrews Society of Bedford, Salvation Army, Bedford Pipe Band, Bedfordshire Police, Bedford Heights Business Centre and Bedford Borough Council, the ceremony is part of a programme of events to recognise the centenary of the start of the First World War.  St John Ambulance staff will also be in attendance.

 

The ceremony will start at 2pm with a parade from the Chapel to the Cross of Sacrifice in the Cemetery where the Service will take place. 

 

Following the Service which will be led by Cannon L R MacDonald, the Deputy Lieutenant, the High Sheriff, the Mayor and other guests will be invited to place wreaths at the Cross.  These will include a wreath laid by Army Cadet Cpl Richbell-Davies on behalf of the families of WW1 victims buried in the cemetery and one by Mr Tom Wells on behalf of the families of those buried overseas.

 

Bedford Pipe Band will be in attendance from 11:00 a.m. and music from the period will be played between 2.00 p.m. and 4.00 p.m. by Chris Winfield accompanied by a singer in the Cemetery’s Chapel.

 

For more information on how Bedford Borough Council is marking the Centenary of the start of World War One is available online www.bedford.gov.uk/worldwarone

 

Parking for the event will be available at the Business Centre car park, adjacent to the Travelodge, in Manton Lane, Bedford.

 

The Parade will include:

• Bedford Pipe Band with drums who will lead the parade.
• The Standards of the Royal British Legion
• Royal Navy cadet force
• Army cadet force
• Royal Air Force cadets
• Special Guests
• The Mayor and representatives of Bedford Borough Council.
• Clergyman
• Wreath layers
• Members of the public

 

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