East Devon towns and villages remember the fallen
PUBLISHED: 16:42 11 November 2018 | UPDATED: 09:24 13 November 2018
People turn out in force to commemorate the centenary of the ending of The Great War
Towns and villages across East Devon turned out in force to honour the casualties of war at the weekend.
Remembrance day services were held throughout the region on Sunday (November 11) – 100 years to the day since the ending of the First World War.
At Axminster residents joined representatives of local uniformed groups and Royal British Legion members to parade from West Street car park to the Minster Green, led by piper Brian Young
At the war memorial co-ordinator Mervyn Symes read the names of those from the Axminster area who lost their lives in both World Wars, before representatives from local organisations laid poppy wreaths, passing by a ‘silent soldier’ in WW1 uniform, portrayed by Tony Crofts. Following the two minutes silence, prayers were led by Team Rector Rev Clive Sedgewick ahead of the church service,
At Seaton the Act of Remembrance, led by the local branch of the Royal British Legion, was observed at The War Memorial in St Gregory’s Churchyard.
The names of the fallen were read, followed by the playing of Last Post and two minutes silence at 11am, broken by Reveille.
Wreaths will be laid at the foot of the War Memorial and children laid posies of poppies on the war graves in the churchyard.
Derek Payne MBE, chairman of Seaton Branch RBL, said: “In this centenary year of the ending of The Great War in 1918, we particularly remember those from this community, who made the ultimate sacrifice in that terrible conflict.”
At LYME REGIS people gathered on the beach to take part in Pages of the Sea – a commission by filmmaker Danny Boyle inviting people around the UK coastline to join a nationwide gesture of remembrance.
Singer-songwriter Billy Bragg led open-mic sessions with members of the community joining to share memories, poetry and songs. In addition, the public was asked to create silhouettes of people in the sand, remembering the millions of lives lost or changed forever by the conflict.