Firm supplies facilities for war memorial

World War One ceremony in Belgium
World War One ceremony in Belgium

Temporary structures specialists, Neptunus, provided facilities for one of the most poignant ceremonies to commemorate the centenary of World War One, attended by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

The ceremony at St Symphorien was one of a number of special tributes staged across the UK and Europe on Monday

World War One ceremony in Belgium

World War One ceremony in Belgium

And the structures and facilities used by the dignitaries were put in place by Northampton firm Neptunus, which has its base in Swan Valley.

Neptunus was appointed by Windsor-based event Management specialists, H Power Group, which is renowned for staging high-profile military and ceremonial occasions.

A 20-strong technical team from Neptunus took just five days to erect more than 2,500 square metres of structures in fields adjoining the cemetery.

It included a VIP refreshments area with linings, carpets, lighting and air conditioning to accommodate 500 guests.

A Galeria roof covered an adjacent large grandstand from where the numerous dignitaries and families of those who lost their lives in the conflict viewed the ceremony.

Neptunus also provided structures for a media centre, offices, medical room, kitchens and catering areas along with facilities for the BBC TV production team, who broadcast the event to a worldwide audience.

The assignment was managed by Neptunus UK, using technicians from the company’s Belgium office.

April Trasler, managing director of Neptunus UK, said: “We were deeply honoured to have been selected to support such a historically important and immensely moving occasion viewed by millions of people all around the world.”

The evocative ceremony included music performed by the Coldstream Guards Band, including the Last Post and Reveille.