Festival of Remembrance revived to mark 100 years since the Great War

The president of the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis Peter Fortnam and Rotarian Richard Cridge (centre) present a cheque for £5,000 to chairman of the Lyme Regis branch of the Royal British Legion Ian Marshall (left) and president Philip Evans MBE (right)

LYME Regis Festival of Remembrance was revived on Sunday evening, in tribute to the 63 local men who made the supreme sacrifice during the First World War.

Marking 100 years since the end of the Great War, a programme of musical entertainment and poignant readings was put together by the Lyme Regis branch of the Royal British Legion.

A full house was welcomed to the Woodmead Halls by branch chairman Ian Marshall.

Compere Philip Evans MBE, president of the branch, then led the audience through the evening’s programme, talking about the work of the Legion between acts.

The event got underway with the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis presenting a cheque for £5,000, raised at the recent Candles On The Cobb event, to the Royal British Legion.

A parade of standards from Dorset branches of the Royal British Legion was followed by Lyme Regis Town Band kicking off the musical entertainment with ‘Share My Yolk’.

Shanty singing group Harbour Voices took to the stage for two numbers especially written for the event, before the town band returned for an audience sing-along.

Alexandra Wood, daughter of branch chairman Ian Marshall, read a poem she wrote, having been inspired by the poppy created on the beach during Candles On The Cobb. Local author and poet David Ruffle also gave two readings.

Others to perform during the first half included local musician Harvey Causley on guitar and piper Scott Graham.

The first half of the programme was brought to a close with a short presentation by Legion members Daniel Buckley and Jon Hunt, who recently represented Lyme Regis at the recreation of The Great Pilgrimage in Ypres, Belgium.

Following the interval, a new Book of Remembrance – including additional names of men from Lyme Regis who died in the First World War, researched by Legion members David Humphrey and Vernon Rattenbury – was presented to the Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Michaela Ellis by Mr Humphrey.

A Service of Remembrance started with the building of the drumhead by members of the Legion and Lyme Regis lifeboat crew.

Legion standards mustered for hymns led by the town band and prayers by the Reverend Rosemary Bragg. The Exhortation was delivered by Mr Evans and a member of the town band played The Last Post as poppy petals fell from the ceiling, followed by a two-minute’ silence and the Reveille by piper Scott Graham.

The event was finished with a rousing performance of ‘I Vow To Thee My Country’ by Helen Webber, followed by the national anthem and ‘Land of Hope and Glory’.

The Festival of Remembrance raised £1,000 towards the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

For more pictures from the Festival of Remembrance, visit the LymeOnline Photo Gallery

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