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Sun 11 Nov 2018, 10:45am

Where: Blenheim War Memorial, 14 Seymour Street, Blenheim, Marlborough

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

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

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

Marlborough District 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.

The Service will begin at 10:45am with a large contingent from RNZAF Base Woodbourne joining Returned Servicemen and Servicewomen marching from the band rotunda in Market Place, around Seymour Square to the War Memorial Clock Tower. There will then be a fly-past at 11am before the Service commences.

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.

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.

Please note, in case of adverse weather conditions, the Armistice Day 100 Year Commemoration Service will be held at the Marlborough Lines Stadium 2000 in Kinross Street, Blenheim.

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