A congregation of more than 150 people including representatives of the British Legion and the armed services , the Mayor of Penarth and town councillors, local schoolchildren and scores of members of the public attended the annual open-air service to mark Armistice Day in Penarth.
Contingents of pupils from both Albert Primary School and Westbourne School joined in the singing .
The short pavement-service is traditionally held every year at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to mark the signing of the Armistice which brought the first World War to an end in 1918 – but it now also embraces WW2 and the many other conflicts of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Today’s service was conducted by the Reverend Sandra Bisdsall of All Saints Church and the Reverend Mark Jones of St Augustine’s Church – supported by Richard James of the Penarth British Legion, Tich Taylor of RAFA and representatives of the all the armed services.
Also in attendance was the Rev Roger Grafton of Taberbnacle Church Plassey St who is a chaplain in the Territorial Army
With the sounding of the last post, the congregation – and the entire town – fell silent. Glebe St was already closed to traffic for the commemoration, but traffic stopped – of its own accord- in Windsor Road and shoppers stood still to pay their respects.
After today’s service in Windsor Road wreaths were laid at the indoor war memorial at St Augustine’s Church and at the Merchant Navy memorial which is located adjacent to the Custom House in Penarth Marina
The full Remembrance Sunday commemoration will be held this weekend with the parade assembling at 10:10 to leave Station Approach via Stanwell Road and Rectory Road to attend the ceremonial wreath laying at the Garden of Remembrance at the entrance to Alexandra Park – followed by service at All Saints Church, Victoria Road.