Remembrance at Colemere

At the going down of the sun

A large congregation attended the annual Festival of Remembrance which took place in Colemere Church on the afternoon of Sunday November 12th.  This year the 80th anniversary of the famous Dambuster’s Raid was recalled in a filmed presentation.  Refreshments were served during the interval before the formal service of Remembrance began.  The traditional hymns and words set to the tune of the Dambuster’s March were sung heartily.  John Magee’s poignant poem High Flight was read before the formal reading of Ecclesiasticus chapter 44.

The service was conducted by Mother Pat Hawkins, Vicar of Ellesmere, and the members of the Ellesmere Branch of the Royal British Legion led the solemn Act of Remembrance.  The sounding of the Last Post ushered in the two-minute silence, the words of Laurence Binyon “They shall grow not old etc.” and the National Anthem.  The singing of the Rev. John Ellerton’s much-loved hymn The Day Thou Gavest concluded the service and the congregation left to the strains of The Dambuster’s March.

The appreciation expressed by many is surely a tribute to the teamwork of the people of Lyneal and Colemere.  Much hard work had been put into the preparation and the church tastefully decorated with red poppies looked as beautiful as ever.  Thanks are due to all those, too many to name individually, who contributed.

Christopher Jobson

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