MALMESBURY made a special effort to make the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War from September 7, to September 9.

Two fascinating walks led by local historian Charles Vernon looked at the War Memorials and the stories behind some of the recorded names.

On Sunday, September 9, twenty volunteer guides in period costumes told the stories of sixteen Malmesbury families and their soldier sons outside the houses where they had lived on a trail around the town.

Event co-ordinator Campbell Ritchie said: "We had a great response to the events over the weekend and were thrilled that nearly 200 people took the opportunity to meet our guides who were playing the parts of mums, dads, brothers and sisters in families whose soldier relatives made the greatest sacrifice during World War One.

"Visitors of all ages described being on the trail as ‘very real’, ‘moving’, ‘memorable’ and ‘fantastic’.

"We are very grateful for the support to put on the walks and trail over the weekend.

"Special thanks to Charles Vernon’s meticulous research, the volunteer guides, Athelstan Museum, Malmesbury Civic Trust, Sue Poole and Athelstan Players for help with costumes and Derek Tilney, who designed the trail map and who made and sited the poppies that marked the trail."