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Thousands paid respects to fallen

Rob George 16th Nov, 2018   0

STUDENTS at the De Montfort School and St Richard’s CE First School were among thousands across Evesham who paid their respects to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Both schools held a special service where students formed the shape of 100 with the circles being the shape of two poppies, as a mark of respect to everyone who had died in the conflicts around the world. For the first time we welcomed Year 3 students as well as Year 4 and Year 5 students from St Richard’s CE First School.

Also at the service were parents, relatives, friends and governors from both schools.

The De Montfort School head boy and girl read the names of the Bengeworth Fallen and poems were read alongside a respectful observance of the two minute silence. A moving ‘Last Post’ was played by bugle player Steve Roberts.

Student cadets representing the forces were in full uniform and laid a special wreath.

Members of Evesham Town Council, together with representatives of various local groups, were in attendance at the Remembrance Day Parade and Service in the town.

After assembling in Market Square, representatives of organisations who were laying wreaths at the War Memorial made their their way from the Market Square down Bridge Street and to the memorial via the Crown Courtyard and Abbey Park. The parade was led by the Avonbank Band and the ex-service standard bearers.

The town then fell silent at 11am to remember those who lost their lives and wreaths were then be placed at the foot of the War Memorial.

Following the two-minute silence, the band then led the ex-service standard bearers, civic dignitaries and uniformed organisations to All Saints’ Church for a Service of Remembrance.

A poignant end to a day of reflection came as darkness fell as the town’s war memorial was lit to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.

The next phase of Evesham’s permanent creative lighting trail was launched on the evening after the service in the afternoon.

Designed and installed by Ridge, Maynards and Architainment, the lights shone after a short service from the Rev Andrew Spurr as well as performances from Deborah Rose, Martin Riley and children from Broadway School.


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