Military Wives Choir perform for Remembrance Sunday event

The Military Wives Choir sing at Lydiard House, in Wiltshire.  Picture: PA

The Military Wives Choir sing at Lydiard House, in Wiltshire. Picture: PA

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THE Military Wives Choir performed in front of Lydiard House as part of events marking the run-up to Remembrance Sunday.

The group, which secured last year’s Christmas No.1 with Wherever you are, was also at Royal Wootton Bassett to take part in two minutes’ silence to remember those who have lost their lives in Afghanistan.

The town became a focal point for tributes to British servicemen and women, who lost their lives while fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since 2007, the bodies of 345 service personnel have passed through the Wiltshire town, with members of the public lining the streets in a poignant mark of respect.

When it was decided to end military repatriations there, in August last year, a special service was held to commemorate the event.

Two months later, it was renamed with the Royal title, to recognise the town’s role in celebrating and remembering those who have lost their lives abroad.

Among those joining the Military Wives yesterday, were the Mayor of Royal Wootton Bassett, Mike Leighfield; the Legion’s national vice chairman, John Crisford; Legion beneficiary and ex-serviceman Aron Shelton; Tony Woodgate – father of fallen Serviceman Lance Corporal of Horse, Jonathan Woodgate – and the British Imperial Military Band.

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