10:49AM, Monday 17 March 2014
The contribution of the army, navy and the air force was marked with a special celebration of the armed forces in Windsor on Saturday.
Holy Trinity Garrison Church, in Trinity Place, opened its doors to members of the public for an interactive family event to celebrate the part the forces have played in Windsor and East Berkshire over the past 100 years.
It featured a multi-presentation, with soldiers from both Victoria and Combermere Barracks in Windsor, along with speakers including the former Archdeacon of the Fleet, Martin Poll, and Windsor expert and former Mastermind champion Leslie Grout.
The event, called May the (HM) Forces Be With You and part of the Windsor Spring Festival, was one of a series of events the church will be involved in to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.
Brandon Mudditt, events manager for the Friends of Holy Trinity Garrison Church, said the celebration had attracted an 'interesting cross-section' of visitors, with 120 people packing into a church which is not often open to the general public.
They included Royal Borough Cllr James Evans, in his first function as the new Deputy Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead.
Mr Mudditt added: "They all thoroughly enjoyed it and a lot went away saying, having lived in Windsor for most of their lives, they have come away having learned an awful lot that they didn't know."
A memorial concert, set to take place on September 28, and a Remembrance Day parade and service on November 9 are among other events the church will be holding to mark the centenary.
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