Remembrance marked with commemorative projection on Town Hall


Local 1st World War soldiers feature in film to be shown every evening from dusk

In the run-up to this year’s Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day Banbury Town Hall is being used as the backdrop for a commemorative video.   The 5 minute film features images of 1st World War soldiers from Banbury and around Oxfordshire. It will be projected onto Banbury Town Hall each evening.

The initiative is a joint venture between Banbury Town Council, Banbury BID and Edinburgh based Double Take Projections.   The film will be projected onto the Market side of the Town Hall Building nightly during the Remembrance period, until November 15th.

Pictures in the film came from the Soldiers of Oxford Museum and are accompanied by a soundtrack featuring Edward Elgar’s Nimrod and words from the war poem “In Flanders Fields”.

This year’s annual Remembrance Sunday Parade had already been cancelled due to COVID-19, but plans were in hand to hold smaller ceremonies.   Following the announcement at the weekend these have now also been cancelled.

The Royal British Legion in Banbury is appealing to people to remember the Poppy Appeal this year.   Chris Smithson oversees the annual event and is the organisations Chairman locally.   Mr Smithson told Banbury FM: “Its going to be very difficult this year.   We normally raise the most in the county – the people of Banbury are very generous, but this year the poppy appeal is going to be very limited.”

Last year North Oxfordshire raised £60,000 towards the Poppy Appeal.

During the projection on the Town Hall people will be reminded how they can still make a donation despite the very different circumstances this year.

The projection can be seen from dusk.   It runs for 5 minutes followed by a 2 minute break before being shown again, until late each evening.

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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