Wootton Bassett – The Town That Remembers – Acclaimed director Henry Singer (The Falling Man) follows the community of Wootton Bassett over one day, meeting those that regularly come together in a now routine ceremony that sprang out of the town’s spontaneous efforts to honour the UK’s war dead.
Singer joins the residents of the now famous town at daybreak on November 19 2010 as they prepare for the repatriation of Ranger Aaron McCormick, whose coffin is flown to RAF Lyneham before being driven through the small Wiltshire town. The film unravels the unique chain of events that occur in the build-up to each repatriation ceremony and meets the key people who have shaped it.
Contributors include Big Steve, a motorbike-driving veteran who leads the Riders Branch of the Royal British Legion at each event; Ken, a 94-year-old Second World War veteran who lost comrades in that conflict; and Lee, the mother of a marine who was killed in Afghanistan. Their experiences tell the story of Wootton Bassett’s tributes through the years and also explore how people have grieved and remembered the war dead across different wars and generations.
Producer: BBC Productions, Bristol
Source: BBC press office