Havant flash mob commemorates World War One anniversary

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DOZENS of people captured a moment in history at Havant’s unique World War One commemoration today.

The bells of St Faith’s Church rang out a quarter peal leading up to 11am when a minute’s silence was held at the memorial at the crossroads outside the church.

The WW1 flash mob event in Havant

The WW1 flash mob event in Havant

Following the reading of poems by veteran Royal Marine Cyril Smith everyone stepped forward to form a flash mob of photography.

Hundreds of photos of the memorial were taken and will be put together in an exhibition to open in November.

Lyn Unsworth, the artist behind the flash mob memorial, explains: ‘We wanted people to take photographs of their own personal experience, their own memories of being involved in this particular event.’

Mr Hilton, who is a Havant councillor, read a poem called The Lads and Rupert Brooke’s The Soldier.

He said: ‘It’s a very unique way to commemorate the centenary.

‘And I think it’s a good thing. We keep saying we must learn from things in the past.

But, unless we won’t be able to keep learning without capturing these memories.

‘It’s very important.’

The event was organised by The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, in East Street, with support from Havant Borough Council.