A SCALED-back Remembrance Sunday service was held at the war memorial in Lyme Regis this morning.
The usual parade and church service were cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions, but a short ceremony still went ahead to honour the town’s war dead.
The ceremony was attended by limited civic dignitaries and members of the Royal British Legion, although some members gathered outside of the George’s Square park.
The chairman of the Lyme Regis branch of the Royal British Legion, Major Ian Marshall, opened the ceremony by reading the Roll of Honour – the names of all Lyme Regis men who died in the two World Wars – which us usually read every year in church.
He then delivered the Exhortation and Tilly Jardine played the Last Post on the trumpet, followed by a two-minute’s silence at 11am and the Reveille.
Royal British Legion member Daniel Buckley then delivered the Kohima Epitaph and wreaths were laid at the memorial by the Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Brian Larcombe MBE, town crier Alan Vian on behalf of West Dorset MP Chris Loder, and Mr Marshal.
Prayers were then led by the Reverend Chris Martin to close the ceremony.
Local organisations which would usually take part in Remembrance Sunday events were invited to lay wreaths at the memorial separately this afternoon.
Socially-distanced wreath laying services were also held yesterday (Saturday) at the HMS Formidable grave in Lyme Regis cemetery and at the Polish Airforce memorial in Anning Road.
A similar service will be held at the town war memorial on Armistice Day (Wednesday).