Lyme Regis to be represented at WWI commemorations in Ypres

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LYME Regis will be represented at Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium, this summer as Royal British Legion members from across the county commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. 

A decade after the end of WW1, veterans and war widows visited the battlefields of the Somme and Ypres before marching to the Menin Gate in Ypres on August 8th 1928.

Exactly 90 years later, thousands of Royal British Legion members will recreate the 1928 Great Pilgrimage to visit the same battlefields and on August 8th will carry their standards along the same route to the Menin Gate, to commemorate the last 100 days of WW1 and represent an entire generation that served while defending their country.

The Lyme Regis branch of the Royal British Legion, together with many Dorset branches, agreed to send their standards and wreaths to the historic event. However, having secured funding from Lyme Regis Town Council, the local branch is now able to go one step further and is sending its standard bearer to attend the event, with the branch itself funding the trip for the wreath bearer.

The branch is now holding a competition, asking local schoolchildren to write the inscription which will be carried on the wreath.

Schools in Lyme Regis, Uplyme & Charmouth have been asked to take part in the competition, which will see children write a shirt inscription on the theme ‘What are my thoughts as the 100th anniversary of the cessations of WWI approaches?’

A small prize will be presented to the winner from each school, with the overall winner then being selected to having their inscription written on the wreath.

The Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Michaela Ellis, and president of the Lyme Regis branch of the Royal British Legion, Philip Evans, will judge the competition.

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