The Chantry Centre in Andover released 100 homing pigeons, to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the First World War. The homing pigeons were provided by Melvin Bird, a member of the Grateley branch of the Southern Racing Pigeon Forum. He released the birds at 10 o'clock.
Seen admiring a pigeon with the Mayor is the manager of the Chantry Centre, Steve Cotney said "The project, which we have called tW1ter, is based on the significance of communications in the field of war and features the importance of carrier pigeons during the First World War". He also explained that the event commemorated the 213 Andover servicemen who lost their lives in the conflict, and who are commemorated on the War Memorial in St Mary's Church.
The centre invited shoppers to raise funds for ten military charities by collecting tokens every time they shopped in 45 of the centre's stores, including Boots, Argos, Waterstones and Waitrose.