COMMUNITY SHOW GREAT RESPECT ON REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY/ARMISTICE DAY

The community showed great respect as Crewkerne remembered the Fallen of the First and Second World Wars and in conflicts since on Remembrance Sunday/Armistice Day. Following the parade to the Severalls War Memorial, led by Trevor Crease, a candle of Remembrance was lit by Lieutenant Corporal Denis Galvin of the Army Cadet Force before the Exhortation was delivered by Crewkerne Branch RBL chairman Tony Samuel. Standard Bearers were Andy Watts and Brian Forster.

A two minutes silence was held after Bugler Mark Barrett sounded the Last Post, followed after the respected time by the Reveille. The Kohima was said by Terry Austin, President of Crewkerne RBL. Terry laid a wreath on behalf of the Royal British Legion and Cllr Andrea Stuart laid a wreath on behalf of Crewkerne Town Council. The short service was delivered by the Reverend Stuart Huntley before a poem taken from the Wall of Remembrance of Somme battlefields was read by Crewkerne RBL Branch vice chairman Den Holland.

This year’s Severalls Parade on the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One was the largest parade remembered in Crewkerne’s history. In addition to Crewkerne Branch of the RBL, it was attended by various military and ex-military personnel, the Crewkerne Platoon of Somerset Army Cadets Force, Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, Avon and Somerset Constabulary, Crewkerne Rangers, Scouts, Cubs and Beavers, Crewkerne Guides, Brownies and Rainbows. A large audience of families and community members observed the Remembrance Sunday Parade.

Many of those attending the parade reassembled in Falkland Square for the Armistice Day Commemoration Service. Again the community turned out in great numbers to pay their respect to the Fallen and remember them during the two minutes silence. Prayers were read by the Reverend Steve Gray and a wreath laid by the Crewkerne Branch of RBL by President Terry Austin.

The Crewkerne Branch of the Royal British Legion disbanded and re-grouped at St Bartholomew’s Church for the Remembrance service led by the Reverend Stuart Huntley. A wreath was laid by honorary guest, Lieutenant Commander Kevin Roffey. St Bartholomew’s Choir sang Where Have All The Flowers Gone and prayers and poems were read by members of Crewkerne Rangers, Scouts and St Bartholomew’s School Council. The Royal British Legion Branch of Crewkerne would like to thank everyone for attending the commemorations and especially Able 2 Achieve for lending their Tommy with Poppies, made out of recycled plastic, which stood proudly in the church during the service.

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