More than 70 people attended a ceremony to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Great Britain’s entry into the First World War.
Civic dignitaries, councillors, representatives of local organisations including the Royal British Legion and members of the public attended the event at Daventry District Council’s offices in Lodge Road, Daventry on Monday (4 August).
A two-minute silence was observed and famous war poems including In Flanders Fields by John McCrae and For the Fallen by Robert Laurence Binyon were recited.
The Union Flag was raised and there was a sermon from Deacon Janet Thomas of Daventry Methodist Church.
DDC leader Cllr Chris Millar, who also spoke at the ceremony, said: “It was extremely pleasing to see so many people join us for the ceremony. It was held to remember the moment 100 years ago that Great Britain entered the First World War. But it was also an opportunity for people in Daventry to reflect upon the sacrifice of those who fought and died for this country a century ago.”
World War I centenary commemorations will continue this Saturday, 9 August, with a fete and sports day at the Hollows in Daventry that aims to bring history to life with a series of old-fashioned events and attractions. The event runs from midday to 5pm.