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Community falls silent for Remembrance

By Beth Perry 14th November 2018

Community falls silent for Remembrance

COMMEMORATIONS for Armistice Day took place across the weekend and saw local communities falling silent to reflect and remember.

A number of poignant events gave people the opportunity to remember those who lost their lives in conflict as well as pay their respects as the world marked 100 years since the end of World War One.

On Friday, a service was held at RAF St Mawgan for all of the military personnel to remember the lost and pay their respects as many would be busy on Remembrance Sunday at local events across the county. The service including a wreath- laying and a minute’s silence

Station Commander, Wing Commander Heidi Madden, said: “RAF St Mawgan personnel represented the Royal Air Force at Remembrance events across Cornwall and further afield on Sunday. Friday was a chance for us to gather together and share a moment of reflection to remember the friends and family we have personally lost.

“I remembered a close friend, Squadron Leader Anthony Downing, who was fatally wounded in an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, in December 2011. Rest in Peace Ant.”

Early on Sunday morning, Ian Millar and members from Newquay’s Royal British Legion placed soldier silhouettes that he, with the help of local air cadets, had made for this year’s commemorations.

Containing the names of all of those from Newquay who died in World War One, the soldiers stood proudly on the lampposts in the high street.

The Remembrance Day procession then gathered at Fore Street and this year was bigger than ever before with hundreds of people taking part. Youth groups such as the Scouts and Girlguiding marched alongside military cadets, holding their flags high.

Community groups were represented including both Newquay Lions and Newquay Towan Blystra Lions, the Friends of Trenance Cottages, Newquay Rotary Club, St Michael’s Masonic Lodge, Newquay Surf Veterans and emergency services such as the police, firefighters and the RNLI.

Newquay’s Royal British Legion members walked behind their standard bearers and Newquay Town Council saw a good turnout with a number of councillors taking part.

Shaunna Broderick led the procession, carrying the Royal British Legion poppy on a cushion.

Daughter of Robert, a local fisherman and former pupil of Newquay Junior and Treviglas schools, she was granted special leave from her role in the Royal Navy to return home to Newquay in full dress uniform to lead the parade.

The members of St Austell Town Band kept time, playing the procession through the town.
Mayor Andy Hannan greeted everyone as they made their way through the town, reaching St Michael’s Church in time for the Service of Remembrance.

The church was packed with every seat taken as the crowds fell silent at 11am. The service then continued with hymns, prayers and blessings before ending with the National Anthem.

Following the service, a bus carried the wreath bearers up to Newquay’s War Memorial on the headland where a short service was held before each wreath was placed on the memorial.

Mayor of Newquay, Andy Hannan, said: “I had the privilege of taking the salute on behalf of the town last year as deputy mayor but the difference in attendance this year was immediately noticeable. We enjoyed perfect weather and a fantastic contingent of military personnel was backed up and fully supported by the best civilian turnout I’ve seen in a parade for a long, long time.

“A 100 years is a landmark time in history and it is quite right that we should give thanks and Remembrance to all those who gave their lives so that we could enjoy the freedom we displayed by parading through the town on Sunday.

"It was heart-warming to see all the children and young adults parading through town. We must remember that they are the future generation that we must educate to ensure that the sacrifices made all those year ago are not only never forgotten but, equally
important, never repeated.

“Our challenge now is to make sure that next year is as well supported. I hope that those taking part for the first time and being witness to the outpouring of emotion
Remembrance Sunday brings will be encouraged to join us each and every year.

“My thanks go to the Royal British Legion for organising this fantastic event, St Michael’s Church for providing the perfect location and to everyone that took part in a truly memorable day.”

Later that night crowds gathered outside the British Legion for the Cry for Peace which marked the end of World War One.

Hon Branch Secretary BEM Paul Knowlson said: “Thank you to Newquay for supporting us and marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. It was particularly nice to see so many youth organisations involved and the church full to capacity.”

St Columb Major marked Remembrance with a service led by the Royal British Legion at the war memorial followed by a special procession to mark the end of World War One.

Taking place in the evening to coincide with the last gun to fire in the war, hundreds of people made their way through the streets holding candles whilst 57 men from the town were chosen to represent the men from St Columb who were lost in the conflict, walking in the procession wearing a white shirt.
The crowds gathered in the square and the war memorial for a service before a Remembrance Concert was held in the church with Nankersey Male Choir and the Indian Queens Band.

Mayor Paul Wills said: “Once again St Columb remembers the fallen from both world wars with a torch-lit parade through our town and very moving service at our war memorial, followed by a concert in the church with the amazing Nankersey Male Choir and
Indian Queens Band.

“Thank you to all those who took part and the people of this parish who supported this amazing event. It was an honour to organise it and to pay tribute to those who truly gave their today for our tomorrow in both world wars.”

By Beth Perry 14th November 2018

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