September 28th, 2016

Pupils to join service for new memorial

Pupils to join service for new memorial Pupils to join service for new memorial

MORE than 300 pupils from five Pershore schools will take part in the town’s annual Armistice Day Service.

Abbey Park First School, Abbey Park Middle School, Cherry Orchard First School, Holy Redeemer Primary School and Pershore High School will attend the service at Pershore Commemorative Garden in Abbey Park on Wednesday (November 11).

Veterans of Pershore and District Royal Naval Association (RNA) and Royal British Legion Women’s Section will also be attending the event organised by Trudy Burge, to pay their respects to all those who have served in the Armed Forces from the town and particularly those who lost their lives in conflict.

Prayers will be offered from Canon Richard Etheridge, Rev Mark Jennings and Rev Claire Lording, and will include the unveiling of the late Ted Annis’ memorial by Val Wood, Chairman of Wychavon District Council and Coun Tony Rowley, Mayor of Pershore.

The memorial is in the form of an information board which tells the story of how the Commemorative Garden was created.

Ted served in the Royal Navy for several years and has worked with Pershore Town Council, forming the Pershore and District Branch of the RNA and helping to build the special memorial garden in the town, before his death on November, 10 2014.

Mrs Burge said: “Of all the services I ever organised for my dad, the ones involving schools were those he was most proud of.

“Despite his death we carried on the next day in his memory, and it seemed only fitting to wait to unveil his memorial 12 months on with the children he championed so much.

“I’m extremely grateful to Lynn Stevens and all at Wychavon District Council for their help and support with this project and to the Pershore and District RNA for kindly honouring my dad this way.

“Without the support of those authorities, dad and I would not have achieved as much as we did over the past 13 years for our community, and I remain deeply indebted for their continued support.”

Members of the public are welcome to come along to the service which starts at 9.30am and runs for 20 minutes.

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