Friday, 29 January 2010
Well, today was an interesting day. I had the day off work because Mum arrived last night and we’re having a long weekend together!
As it turned out, it was also the day of one of the repatriation journeys through my little town of Wootton Bassett; and it was also the day chosen for the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall to pay a little visit to our part of the world!
They did not come to the repatriation itself as that would not have been appropriate, but we went to see the last journey of those soldiers. Despite the fact that there have been many repatriations home (too many I should say), it was actually my first one as I am usually at work when the soldiers arrive home.
It really was a very moving event – the mourning friends and family were on the other side of the road to us and there were two soldiers in battle fatigues and they were holding a single rose each (to place on the car) and then once they did they hugged each other and saluted the coffin in the car. It was just……..heart breaking.
While I don’t particularly support the war because all war is such a cruel thing, I do think that it is nice that we can pay our respects to our fallen soldiers and offer up a public symbol of that respect through our town of Wootton Bassett.
Anyway, about two hours later we were all stood around in the bitter bitter cold waiting for Prince Charles and Camilla to arrive and dedicate a new flagpole as a permanent reminder of that very support and respect that Wootton Bassett offer to the soldiers.
While we were waiting we were entertained by the activities of everybody organising the event and the local marching band!
Finally….Charles and Camilla arrived and due to people being in the way of my camera I got some very very bad quality photos indeed as the camera was focusing on the wrong person!! But still, have a look at the photos below!!
The flag was duly dedicated and raised and the Last Post was played on a trumpet. But not before it started snowing! Yes, it was so cold it snowed – as you can see from a very cold Mum……
So there you have it – a day of two halves - one rather sad but very moving event, and one very cold but uplifting moment! (no, my Fridays are not usually quite this eventful!!)
Update: Mum (using her lovely Mac) has managed to clean up one of my photos and it looks a bit better!