Fareham Mayor Making and WWI Remembrance Centre

Our first full day in office saw us attending the election and Mayor Making ceremony for the Mayor of Fareham. We were received in the Mayor’s Parlour, with splendid views out across Fareham Creek towards Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight, before proceeding to Ferneham Hall for the ceremony which was followed by an excellent lunch. This gave us the opportunity to congratulate Susan Bayford on becoming Mayor, with her husband Brian as her consort.

In the evening we visited the newly established World War One Remembrance Centre at Fort Widley and were shown round by the owner/curator Charles Haskell. His enthusiasm and knowledge really brought to life the extensive collection of artefacts and memorabilia from the battlefields of the First World War. The montages of photographs and the reconstruction of a trench system give a good insight into the conditions under which the war was fought. If you want to know more, as we prepare to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the start of WW1 next year, the centre is well worth a visit and Charles also gives talks and organises battlefield tours of The Somme and Ypres.


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