Highclere commemorates World War 1
3 Aug 2014
First World War Police Station
First World War Police Station
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Highclere Castle commemorated the outbreak of the First World War by holding a 'Heroes at Highclere' event, with the three themes of commemoration, unity and courage.

The day began with a service at which the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, gave a short address. Before that, the well known tenor Morgan Pierce sang Morning has Broken, and then a lesson was read by the Belgian Ambassador. The great granddaughter of Archduke Ferdinand, whose assassination led to the outbreak of the First World War, also spoke movingly about her grandparents were the first orphans of the First World War, and made a moving plea for peace.

The service ended with the Military Wives singing Abide with Me, and then there was an exhibition by the Red Devils, who landed on a pocket handkerchief just outside the Castle.

Other attractions included a rock choir, Luke Upton and Kyler Niko, along with a First World War Cavalry Display and the Reading Pipes and Drums.

"Lady Carnarvon did a fantastic job in organising this event, which everyone who attended will remember for the rest of their lives. It was a very moving way to commemorate the First World War".

The event supported a variety of service charities, including the Royal British Legion, ABF The Soldiers' Charity and Combat Stress.
 
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