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“There are several way-marked trails such as the Cotswold Way that pass close by, but until now Stroud hasn’t had a route of its own,” explained Stroud resident and keen walker Debbie Hewitt, who created the route. “It offers fantastic views from each of the five valleys plus a stretch of canal. We hope this will be used by visitors and local residents as a way to visit many quiet, hidden corners of the town.”
A colour leaflet of the route is available from our council office in London Road. Copies will also be in the town’s Tourist Office from September 4th.
(Pic by Andy Read)
At 7.30am, town clerk Helen Bojaniwska blew a whistle at the war memorial in Park Gardens to mark the centenary of the battle.
On July 1, 1916 at 7.30am, whistles blew along the Western Front as a signal to the troops to go “over the top”.
The small gathering observed the two-minute silence and stood quietly as two poems were read including Ivor Gurney’s On Somme.
Town Mayor Kevin Cranston said: “To share a few moments of our busy lives is the least that we can do for these remarkable young men who sacrificed so much for their country.”
Councillor Cranston personally marked the occasion though he was not in Stroud
for the ceremony. His paternal grandfather were one of the men to “go over the top” and survive.