DIGNITARIES from Pershore and beyond gathered at the town’s Abbey for a Choral Evensong service to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of VJ Day and the end of the Second World War.
Organised by the Pershore and District Branch of the Royal British Legion, the service on Sunday (September 6) was led by the Rev Claire Lording, Vicar of Pershore.
Guests included Second World War veterans, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire Richard Lockett, County Chairman of the Royal British Legion, David Waldron, Wychavon District Council chairman Coun Val Wood and Pershore Mayor Coun Tony Rowley.
Also in attendance was the Leader of Wychavon District Council, Coun Linda Robinson, the Pershore RBL Women’s Section, the Royal Naval Association and the cadet units of TS Scimitar, St John’s Ambulance and the Pershore TP Army Cadets.
During the service, the veterans heard readings given by Lt Col Susan Payne, President of the Pershore and District Branch RBL and also from Doug Sharp, Vice Chairman.
Rev Lording gave a thought provoking address at the cost of war and reflected upon ways to preserve peace for the future.
A poppy wreath was laid at the War Memorial in the Abbey by veteran Phil Cummings, escorted by two young cadets before the reading of the Exhortation by RBL Chairman Ken Tallis during which the Veteran Standards were dipped in honour of all those who made the ultimate sacrifice during the conflict.
Guests were then treated to a special Afternoon Tea in St Andrew’s Parish Hall where they were entertained with music from the 1940’s.
Speaking after the service, Mr Tallis said: “This has been a very moving and poignant end to all our commemorations in Pershore to mark the 70th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War.
“We started with a superb service for VE Day with the pupils of Abbey Park Middle School, had a special 1940’s night for the Poppy Appeal on VJ Day and now it has all been brought together in the most fitting tribute of this special service held inside our beautiful Abbey.
“I would like to thank all the stalwart members of both the Royal British Legion, Women’s Section and Royal Naval Association for all their continued hard work and the support they give to Remembrance Services year in, year out,” he added.