22nd Nov, 2017

Vale residents remember the fallen

Evesham Editorial 14th Nov, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

VALE residents turned out in their numbers to pay their respects to soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in conflicts around the world.

Remembrance services took place on Remembrance Sunday (November 8) and on Armistice Day itself (November 11).

On Sunday, Royal British Legion members along with member of Evesham Town Council and various local groups gathered on the High Street for the annual parade.

Members of the parade, led by the Avonbank Band, passed through Market Square, through Bridge Street and to the War Memorial via Abbey Park.

At 11am the two minutes silence was observed and wreaths were laid by Georgina Britten-Long, Deputy Lieutenant of Worcestershire, Evesham Mayor Coun Fred Kaler, Coun Frances Smith on behalf of Wychavon District Council and representatives from the police and former service organisations.

Following the solemn ceremony a church service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving was held at All Saints Church.

Evesham Royal British Legion Chairman Coun Alan Booth gave the reading in a service led by the Rev Andrew Spurr.

Priest in Charge, Rev Mark Binney gave the address while John Darby, leader of Evesham Street Pastors led the congregation in prayer.

And on Wednesday (November 11) a number of civic dignitaries and local residents gathered again at the War Memorial to mark Armistice Day.

The Rev Andrew Spurr again led the service which saw attendees fall silent at 11am to remember all those who gave their lives in the First World War.

FALLING poppy petals from the top of Pershore’s Abbey marked the poignant moment the town fell silent to remember those who fought and lost their lives in conflicts since the First World War.

Residents, dignitaries and representatives of many local organisations attended the Annual Remembrance Day service on Sunday.

The service at the Abbey was full with many young people reading some of the names of the fallen before wreaths were laid at the war memorial.

More than 200 cadets and other members of uniformed services marched through the town with the salute being taken by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant Angela Brinton, outside the Town Hall where there is a plaque commemorating all those who fell in the Second World War.


PERSHORE High School has held its annual Roll of Honour Remembrance service.

The school held the ceremony on Tuesday (November 10), where names of former pupils and staff who lost their lives during the Second World War and subsequent conflicts were read out and remembered.

The service was held by the Rev Mark Jennings and saw Pershore Mayor Coun Tony Rowley, Chairman of Wychavon District Council Val Wood and members of the Royal Naval Association and British Legion attend to pay their respects.

12-year-old Ellis Morris, who wore his great, great grandfather’s First World War medals, lay a poppy wreath on behalf of the school.


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