Crowds line streets for Remembrance commemorations

Led by standard bearer Jon Hunt and serving members of the Armed Forces, the parade marches towards the town’s war memorial following the annual Remembrance Sunday church service

REMEMBRANCE Sunday was marked in Lyme Regis with the annual parade and church service. 

The procession was led down Broad Street on Sunday morning, with serving and retired members of the Armed Forces taking part, as well as members of the Royal British Legion, the new Lyme Regis Army Cadet Force and several local organisations and emergency services.

As the procession passed the Guildhall, it was joined by the town’c civic party, including the Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Brian Larcombe MBE, his wife Wendy, town crier Alan Vian, town clerk John Wright, members of the town council and macebearers Derek Hallett and Heather Britton.

The parade was followed by the annual Remembrance Sunday service at St Michael’s Parish Church, led by the Reverend Rosemary Bragg. Hymns were accompanied by Lyme Regis Town Band and the church choir also performed while wreaths were carried to the alter by representatives of local organisations.

The mayor read the lesson and also shared a personal story about his father, Alan Larcombe, who served in the Second World War. The president of the Royal British Legion Lyme Regis branch, Philip Evans MBE, read the roll of honour listing all the men from Lyme who lost their lives in the two world wars, and then delivered the Exhortation.

Following the service, the procession re-formed to march past the town’s war memorial and into Cobb Gate square, where crowds lined the streets to observe a two-minute silence at 11am, followed by the National Anthem.

Chairman of the Royal British Legion, Major Ian Marshall, delivered the Kohima Epitaph. The mayor and Mr Evans then thanked all organisations taking part before the parade was formally dismissed.

Other events over the weekend included wreath-laying services at the HMS Formidable grave in the cemetery and at the Polish war memorial in Anning Road.

The 100th anniversary of Armistice Day was marked on Monday, with another short service at the town’s war memorial in Monmouth Street, where further wreaths were laid by the mayor and Mr Evans.

See the next printed issue of LymeOnline on November 22 for full Remembrance coverage

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