The world’s first two minute silence took place in Farnham in 1916. On Sunday 1 May 2016, Farnham will pause again to remember this historic event.

The event will consist of a procession, including representatives from across the local community, to a stage on Castle Street at the site of the original event. There will be a performance of a specially-commissioned piece of music, composed by Ben Mason (School Bandmaster (Warrant Officer) at The Royal Military School of Music) and performed by musicians, including 3PWRR marching band and pupils from Weydon School, and a two minute silence.

There will then be a procession to Gostrey Meadow for a May Day community fair. There will be a range of family activities, historical re-enactment, along with more music and May Day performances.

You are invited to come along and bring a picnic.

The event is accompanied by the Museum of Farnham’s exhibition: Time to Remember: An Exhibition to mark the first two minutes silence, May 1916 which runs from 01 March – 29 October.

Do you have photographs of loved ones lost at war?

Let us write each other poems

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