Warwick WWI Walk 13th October

There are still a few places left for the Warwick WWI Walk on Saturday, October 13th – part of the commemorations marking the centenary of the Armistice that ended the fighting in the First World War. It will take place on Saturday 13th October, just four weeks before the 100th anniversary of the ceasefire.

More of a leisurely stroll than a walk, and wheelchair-friendly, the event will start in Pageant Gardens behind the Jury Street Court House at 3pm and will last about an hour.

The Mayor of Warwick, Richard Eddy, will start the walk by reading out the proclamation of war, exactly as it happened at the Court House 100 years ago. Guides will tell of the impact on the town as the war continued for more than 4 years.

The walk will proceed up Church Street to the War Memorial, where volunteers will relate some of the personal stories behind the names on the plaques following Unlocking Warwick’s year-long research project for the special Warwick War Memorial website: www.warwickwarmemorial.org.uk 

Then the group will go to the Collegiate Church of St. Mary’s, home of the Royal Warwickshire Regimental Chapel, to see the spectacular display of more than 62,000 hand-made poppies, commemorating the thousands of men from the regiment who did not return from the war.

The walk costs just £5 per person, with all proceeds going to the St. Mary’s Church Fund for repairs to the iconic tower, and the Museum of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, formerly the RWR, at St. John’s House, which is threatened with closure over a shortfall in income to pay the rent and maintain the building.

Get your tickets from the Visitor Information Centre in the Court House, or email Paula at warwickwalks@aol.com