THE 100-year anniversary of Britain declaring its part in the First World War was commemorated on Monday afternoon when more than 70 people gathered together to pay their respects in Pirbright.
Members of the Grenadier Guards Association (Surrey & East Hampshire Branch) pitched up at the Lord Pirbright Hall to remember and reflect.
In tune with bygone times, guests enjoyed the old-fashioned, Great British tradition of afternoon tea.
Rev Christine Musser, Vicar of St Michael & All Angels Church in the village, led a touching service, which was followed by Sgt Windy Miller – dressed in all of his finery and a plethora of medals – giving a poignant reading before the Last Post was sounded to signify a minute’s silence.
After reflecting on Britain’s part in the outbreak of war in 1914, the Variety Collective presented Keep the Home Fires Burning – a concert of well-known music and song from the time – followed by everyone tucking into sandwiches, tea and cakes.
The event was organised by the association’s Secretary, Babs Reid.
Member Alan Hughes handed everyone a centenary First World War Queen Mary tin and a commemorative King’s shilling donated by the Daily Mail.
Everyone who enlisted for the Great War effort was given the same gift.
Alan said: “It was absolutely brilliant. Everybody said what a marvellous afternoon it was.”