THE NAMES of 21 local people who died in conflict in The Great War were read out by Major (Retired) John Groome in a moving service at Hedon war memorial this evening.
The tolling bells of St Augustine’s Church had announced the service to the town’s residents and the dignified service took place under its watching tower.
The Mayor Councillor John Dennis introduced the service referring incredulously to “The Great War, ‘the war to end war’, which became the First World War – because it happened again!”
The Ode of Remembrance, prayers and a blessing were administered by the Rev. Gordon Smethurst. Peter Ainscough from Churches Together also gave a poignant reading. Two peace roses had been planted in front of the cenotaph and a lady from the British Legion (Women’s Section) ceremonially finished of the planting operation with a sprinkling of fresh earth. Meanwhile an indistinct humming began to arise from the assembled crowd which grew in volume until eventually those involved in the planting ceremony also took up the hushed refrain of “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary”.
The Rev. Smethurst captured the spirit of the gathered people by finishing off the service to two choruses of “Pack Up Your Troubles”.