The Mayor and Mayoress, Martin and Glynnis Akehurst were joined on the Town Hall steps by Brigadier Malcolm Page, President of the Henley and Peppard branch of the Royal British Legion yesterday morning at 11 o’clock for an Armistice Day ceremony and the two minute silence.
Council Members and staff of the Town Council joined the public to pay their respects and afterwards Jacqui Brazil, the Mayor’s Secretary was a presented with a certificate to thank her for all her hard work in organising Remembrance events in the town over the last five years. Jacqui said afterwards, “This was a complete surprise and I am very proud and honoured to receive this. I think I will put in pride of place in my newly redecorated office at home.”
After the Armistice Day ceremony the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Jeni Wood, Jacqui Brazil, John Green, Chairman of the Royal British Legion Henley and Peppard branch and Brigadier Malcolm Page went to place a wreath on the grave of Nadja Maclacrida a famous WW1 poet at the Fairmile cemetery. Lucy Rainbow from Blackpool has been researching women who wrote poetry, inspirational women and forgotten poets of the First World War for a series of exhibitions during the commemorative years and had written to the Town Council asking if they would do this honour on this special day.
The project is in memory of her Grandfather, who was an Old Contemptible (he joined the Army in 1905) with the Royal Field Artillery. Nadja Malacrida published three volumes of poetry during the WW1 – “Love and War” an anthology of poems which was published in 1915, “For Empire and other poems” published in 1916 (Arthur L. Humphreys) and “The Full Heart” published in 1919. More details of the project can be read at www.femalewarpoets.blogspot.co.uk/