100 Years On - Kate Hills Joins Farnham’s Re-enactment of the UK’s First Two Minute Silence.
Photography by Savannah Photographic
Known to many of our clients for her friendly voice at the end of the phone, Kate Hills also enjoys putting her voice to further use as a contralto with Farnham’s Full Circle Vocal Group. To commemorate the UK’s first ever two-minute silence held in Farnham 100 years ago - along with the local school choir and marching band - her group performed a moving piece specially commissioned and composed by Royal Military School of Music bandmaster Ben Mason.
Coinciding with May Day celebrations, the momentous event took the form of a re-enactment and began with the Town Crier and Mayor who formerly opened the event followed by a procession consisting of the Princess of Wales’ Royal Regimental Band and the local Sea Cadets marching band who made their way to the stage from the top of Castle Street to mark the start the of the event.
As far as records can ascertain the very first two-minute silence took place in Farnham in 1916.
To mark the Centenary this year, the stage was set up in exactly the same place as the original and, at the appropriate moment, a wonderful confetti cannon ejected confetti in the shape of people, representing all those who have lost their lives at war.