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Ceremonial mace has WWI connection

Hartington commemorated 100 years since the start of the First World War with a parade and plaque presentation.

Hartington commemorated 100 years since the start of the First World War with a parade and plaque presentation.

Hartington villagers came together to mark 100 years since the start of the First World War last week.

The evening started with the presentation of a plaque before the British Legion standard and the plaque were paraded from Cavendish House to the war memorial where the names of the fallen were read out before a two minute silence.

A River of Lights service and a vigil then took place at the church while Cavendish House Royal British Legion was also lit by candles for the Lights Out event.

The High Peak’s ceremonial mace, which was presented to the borough in 1919 by Mr and Mrs T Ryan of Sherbrook, Buxton, to commemorate victory and peace, also played a key role in commemoration events.

It was most recently used last Monday at a civic service in Buxton when its connection to WWI was spotted from the inscriptions it bears.

High Peak Mayor, Cllr Alan Barrow, said: “I’d love to hear from any members of the Ryan family who are still in the borough today to talk about the history of this gift and to see whether they have any photographs or other memorabilia relating to this period.

Any members of the Ryan should contact Julie Fawkes on 0345 129 7777 or email julie.fawkes@highpeak.gov.uk.

 

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