Sunday, 9 November 2008

Blackmore: Remembrance Sunday 2008

Pictures taken at the War Memorial and the Parade Service at St Laurence Church, Blackmore.

A large crowd gathered at Blackmore War Memorial at 10.50am today for a short service, to lay wreaths and to observe the traditional two minutes silence. Members of the Fullwell Brass Band accompanied the singing of 'O God, our help in ages past'. Prayers were said by the Vicar of Blackmore, Revd. Canon Ivy Crawford, and Baptist Church minister, Revd. Neil Blake.

At the Parade Service which followed in the Parish Church, the theme of peace-makers was interspersed with the remembrance of the end of the First World War ninety years ago. At the conclusion nine red balloons were released in the churchyard to represent the nine decades since the Armistice. A cross of poppies was laid at the grave of Ted Sutton, the only WW1 Commonwealth War Grave in the churchyard. Poppies were also placed at the graves of other men who died of their injuries following the First World War as well as Joy Woollard, who died during World War Two.

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