Hampshire Cricket has announced that it will mark the 100th Anniversary of the start of the First World War during the third England vs India Investec Test Match, which takes place at The Ageas Bowl from July 27 to 31.
In partnership with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the County will devote day three of the Test Match (July 29) to hosting a series of commemorative activities that will enable cricket to remember the sacrifice of soldiers and civilians from both England and India who lost their lives during the First World War.
This will include a moment of silence before the start of play, as well as a lunchtime performance by the Army’s Band and Bugles of The Rifles, who are based nearby in Winchester.
Further commemorative tributes will include the England team wearing the Help for Heroes logo on their shirt collars and the ringing of a bell to mark the start of the third day’s play by a current member of the Armed Forces.
With the Test Match taking place in the summer holidays, a large number of children are expected at the Ageas Bowl. With this in mind, Hampshire is also planning a number of initiatives that will help raise awareness and educate children about the enormous impact the First World War had on the lives of millions of families as well as understanding more about the role Hampshire played during the Great War.
Speaking about the announcement, David Mann, Chief Executive, Hampshire Cricket said: “Hampshire has always had very strong links with our Armed Forces, and we are extremely proud and humbled to have the opportunity to mark this occasion and remember the sacrifice of millions of soldiers, not just from our county, but from across the country and indeed around the world.”