Generations came together to commemorate the Fallen on Armistice Day, with people of all ages from youngsters at Jigsaw Preschool to Veterans of the Armed Forces gathered under the War Memorial plaque in Falkland Square. The Exhortation was delivered by the Chairman of Crewkerne Branch of Royal British Legion, Tony Samuel. Traffic came to a halt marshalled by volunteer Kylie Hammond of Take A Peek, tills ceased ringing in the town’s shops and supermarkets and staff lined the pavements in Market Street. Bugler Kent Sibley sounded The Last Post, as the Standard was lowered by Brian Forster. After the two minutes silence and the Reveille, the Reverend David Newman said a short prayer, a wreath was laid by Crewkerne Branch RBL President Terry Austin and children from St Bartholomew’s School Council thanked those who had given their lives for their freedom, expressing hope for the future and peace for all nations.
The poignant messages on the 100th Anniversary of the first Armistice Day in 1919, brought to a close this year’s Remembrance services in Crewkerne which had begun the day before with the Remembrance Sunday Parade at Severalls Park Avenue. The parade was attended by Crewkerne RBL, Armed Forces, Veterans, Crewkerne ACF, Scouts, Cubs, Beavers, Guides, Brownies, Rainbows, Avon & Somerset Constabulary, Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, Town Councillors and members of Rotary who volunteered as marshalls. The Candle of Remembrance was lit by Cadet Charlotte Collins and wreaths laid by Deputy Mayor Robin Pailthorpe and his grand daughter and President of Crewkerne Branch of the Royal British Legion, Terry Austin. The short service was conducted by the Reverend David Newman, bugler was Mark Barrett and standard bearers Andy Watts and John Smith. At the Remembrance Sunday service in St Bartholomew’s Church, the choir from St Bartholomew’s School sang Remember. Main roads leading into Crewkerne were respectfully marked with a silhouette of a soldier standing on guard, lamp posts carried a single poppy, shop windows were dressed and flags flew in the George Shopping Centre and at the Town Hall, in honour of the Fallen.