Hundreds of Marlovians gathered at the Crowne Plaza for the first ever Celebrate Marlow event on Sunday.

Veterans, older people, representatives from the volunteer community and representatives from the two senior schools, as well as cadets, joined mayor Jocelyn Towns, Marlow Town councillors and officers for a celebratory lunch.

Sir Henry Aubrey Fletcher, the Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, also attended with his wife, Sarah, to say thank you to the community.

Cllr Towns said: “This is the first time we’ve hosted an event like this – bringing all generations together to Celebrate Marlow and acknowledge achievements past and present.

“Whether that’s been defending Queen and country, running clubs and organisations or events, being a flood warden or just litter picking – you are all very important and Marlow Town Council would like to say a huge thank you.

“By volunteering, you have all contributed towards the fabric of what makes Marlow such a wonderful and popular town, the community spirit shines through and you are truly appreciated.

Cllr Towns also thanked the Great Marlow School Jazz band and the Sir William Borlase’s Gospel Choir, who provided the entertainment, along with fellow councillors and officers.

Those who attended were also shown a short film, which included some clips of old Marlow and messages from well-known Marlow residents who were unable to attend, as well as some “magical” comments from Marlow children.  

Cllr Towns added: “To be able to honour so many groups and individuals who give up their time and energy for the community is humbling.”