Royal Wootton Bassett Unveils New Road Signs

Royal Wootton Bassett sign

Wootton Bassett, the first town in more than 100 years to get the title “Royal”, has unveiled its new road signs.

The Wiltshire town officially becomes Royal Wootton Bassett this week when Princess Anne visits on Sunday. The title was bestowed in recognition of its efforts to honour the UK’s war dead.

Repatriations of fallen troops took place through Wootton Bassett from 2007 until September, when they were moved to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

The town is renowned for the dignified and moving way local people lined the high street in silence with their heads bowed to show their respects.

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Prime Minister Announces ‘Royal’ Wootton Bassett

Prime Minister David Cameron announced today that the town Wootton Bassett in Wiltshire, will become Royal Wootton Bassett later in 2011.

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.

See the government’s press release, here.

‘Wootton Bassett festival gets the go-ahead’

‘The festival, now in its fourth year, is a way to showcase artistic talent.

This year the organisers have added the category of art, encompassing drawing and painting, photography and 3-D artwork.

Miranda Shirnia, marketing director of the festival, said: “There is a whole new section of art.

“Last year we had 500 entries whereas before it was 30-odd, so it is a different animal now.”

New competitions are also on offer in the speech and drama section, including public speaking, youth debating, business presentations and the intriguing sounding logical grumbling.’

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‘Wootton Bassett festival set to expand’

Due to the huge success of the Wootton Bassett Arts Festival last year, an even bigger line-up has been announced for the event this summer. Along with classes in creative writing, music, speech and drama, a new art section will be added, including classes in drawing, painting and photography. Participants can submit their artwork to organisers to be put on display in the town.

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‘Festival showcases Wootton Bassett’s finest talent’

In 2009, committee member Janet Chaplin was interviewed by the Gazette and Herald:

‘Delighted organisers of Wootton Bassett’s Art Festival have vowed to hold the event again next year after a successful weekend.

The four-day festival, which kicked off on Thursday, showcased the town’s finest talent in categories including music, speech, drama and creative writing.

Chairman of the committee Janet Chaplin said she was blown away by the popularity of the this year’s festival, which attracted almost 500 entries in 81 classes.

She said: “This festival has been an explosion of fun and talent”‘.

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Wootton Bassett ‘Raring up for festival’

Songs are being rehearsed and paintbrushes cleaned as Wootton Bassett makes the final preparations for its new Music and Arts Festival.

Over 100 entries have been received for the competitive festival. Next Friday will see the launch of the festival with the arrival of international cricketer and artist Jack Russell at the Memorial Hall.

The evening starts at 8pm and ex-wicketkeeper Russell will be hosting a question and answer session as well as exhibiting some of his paintings.

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Wootton Bassett Arts Festival ‘needs groups’

Local organisations and community groups are being invited to join Wootton Bassett’s festivities when the town re-launches its Music and Arts Festival next month.

The competitive festival will run from July 22 to 24 at the Memorial Hall and will include a range of different music and art competitions.

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Wootton Bassett: ‘Ideas build up for new town arts festival’

Quizzes, singing competitions and even a cider fest are some of the ingredients that could make up the return of a music and arts festival to Wootton Bassett in June.

Festival committee member Kerrie Dixon said: “We want to make the festival different from anything else that’s going on and for it not to overlap with things like the High Street Festival or the Carnival.

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