Penarth has once again been commemorating those who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars – and in subsequent conflicts – in the town’s annual Remembrance Sunday ceremony.
A large number of members of the public turned out to line the route of the ceremonial procession from Station Approach to the Garden of Remembrance at the entrance to Alexandra Park – an event organised by the Royal British Legion, supported by several other organisations.
In the procession and crowd were a number of veterans of recent conflicts, including several Royal Marines in their green berets and a Welsh Guardsman in a khaki beret.
Amongst those in the procession were representatives of all the Armed Services, the RNLI, HM Coastguard, local youth organisations, St Cyres School and Stanwell School, Penarth Sea Cadets , Penarth RAF cadets and the Scouts.
The weather was bright and warm as civic dignitaries, local councillors, and representatives of many organisations in the town gathered at the Garden of Remembrance to observe the two-minutes’ silence – signalled by the sounding of the Last Post.
The Garden of Remembrance provides not only an intimate setting for the public wreath-laying but it is also – as originally intended – a place where local families, friends and relatives may afterwards add their own personal tributes.
After the wreath-laying at the Garden of Remembrance there was a procession to All Saints Church in Victoria Square for the annual Remembrance Sunday service where a new roll of honour was dedicated to parishioners who were killed in WW1.
The first roll of honour was lost in a disastrous fire at the church and the second was destroyed when the church was bombed by the Luftwaffe in WW2.
Jane McLaughlin and Tom Crooks have written a book for All Saints Church called “32” – the number being the total of its congregation who were killed in WW1. Many family members of those commemorated in its pages attended yesterday’s service.
Trinity Methodist Church has also compiled a new roll of honour bearing the names of members its congregation who sacrificed their lives for their country.
The roll of honour at St Augustines Church was originally conceived as a “town-wide” roll of honour and includes the names of the majority of those (of all denominations) who lost their lives in the World Wars but it is acknowledged as being incomplete.
The fullest record of the fallen of the two World Wars and the Korean War – 513 in all – plus 8 civilians killed by enemy action, is that inscribed on the town’s main war memorial in Alexandra Park .