The Thomas Hardy Birthday Weekend
A report and pictures by Richard Franklin
Sunday 7th June 2020
Wreath Laying in Dorchester and Stinsford
This morning, 7 June, members of the Thomas Hardy Society together with
representatives of Dorchester Town Council and the Parish Church of St
Michael, Stinsford laid wreaths respectively at the Memorial to Hardy at
Top ' Town, Dorchester and at his tomb in Stinsford churchyard.
At the statue the Mayor introduced the proceedings, a wreath was laid and poems
were read. In the churchyard there was a prayer as well as poetry.
Because of the current restrictions there were only a small number of
people present, but it was felt to be very important to mark the great
man's birthday, especially as this year is the 180th anniversary of his
birth. The sun shone upon us as we undertook our act of remembrance.