Royal Wootton Bassett
A small market town in Wiltshire has earned a special place in the hearts of many in Britain, Wootton Bassett as a community turns out whatever the weather to line the roads as the hearses carrying the coffins our war dead are driven to Oxford, not only in Wootton Bassett but all along the road small parties of ex-servicemen and women and people who just want to show solidarity and support with the families who have lost so much, line the route.
Now Wotton Bassett is to become Royal Wotton Bassett:
Prime Minister David Cameron announced today that the town Wootton Bassett in Wiltshire, will become Royal Wootton Bassett later this year.
Speaking in the House of Commons, the Prime Minister said:
I recently made a recommendation to Her Majesty the Queen, and I am very pleased today to announce, that Her Majesty has agreed to confer the title ‘Royal’ upon the town, as an enduring symbol of the nation’s admiration and gratitude. The town will become ‘Royal Wootton Bassett’ later this year.”
The Prime Minister took the opportunity to thank the people of Wootton Bassett for “their deeply moving and dignified demonstrations of respect and mourning.
The Mayor of Wootton Bassett, Mary Champion, said:
This is a great honour for our community as the repatriations move away from Wootton Bassett.
“Whilst we have never sought recognition for our simple act of respect, I am certain that this will serve to reinforce the pride and gratitude we feel for the members of our Armed Services, who will always be in our thoughts.”