Remembrance at the Village Memorial

The annual minutes silence preceded by the reading out of the names of the Parish’s War dead in this the centenary year of the start of the first World War took place at the Memorial on Dovedale Road on Tuesday 11th November.

A good turn out was witness to the proceedings despite a cold wind and some rain.

The service was conducted by the Reverend Carol Richardson.

The children from St Werburgh’s placed wooden crosses for each man assisted by other parishioners plus the laying  of poppy wreath’s.

The name of Leonard Edwards was read out for the first time since his death in 1920 as was the name of Stephen Allbutt who died in the second Gulf War in 2003.

Stephen’s mother now lives in the Parish.

As the bells  of the church struck 11am the gathering paused in a minutes silence.

One of St Werburgh’s pupils, nine year old Siobhan Waring composed the following poem and asked that the local paper shared it.

Her words sum up what remembrance is all about.

In Flanders field where poppies grow
At the Tower of London the poppies show
One hundred years may have past
But the memory will always last

Fathers brothers sons and all
Who fought to stop our countries fall
Each poppy stands as a mark of respect
In memory of the men we will never forget

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