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PROCESSION  Mayor of Fareham Cllr Susan Bayford and borough council chief executive Peter Grimwood, followed by leader Cllr Sean Woodward and deputy mayor Cllr David Norris
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CHILDREN were key to the celebrations to mark Commonwealth Day in Fareham.

Youngsters from Wykeham House and Good Manors nursery played a central part as a procession, led by mayor of Fareham Cllr Susan Bayford, made its way through the town, from the Civic Offices through the shopping centre to the flagpoles in West Street.

Wykeham House choir sang two songs - Sing by Gary Barlow and an echo song from Africa called Che Che Koolay. Year 4 pupil Benjamin Thimbleby, nine, read poetry and then the Commonwealth flag was raised by the mayor’s cadet 18-year-old Kirsty Wright.

Accompanying the mayor’s cadet was Cllr Trevor Cartwright.

He said: ‘It was really good. The school choir sang a couple of songs and the young lad who read out a poem did well. It was a nice occasion and there was a good crowd.’

Lynn Clarke, headmistress of Wykeham House School, said: ‘It was an honour to be invited. It was nice for the children to learn about the Commonwealth.’

Also in the procession was leader of Fareham Borough Council Cllr Sean Woodward.

He said he hoped the event would be the first of many and was delighted that so many people turned up to take part.

Cllr Woodward said: ‘It was something new and I’m sure it will be something that will grow in stature as time goes by.’