Penarth’s new Remembrance Sunday event-schedule – being followed today for the first time – began with the traditional service at All Saints Church.
The service attracted a very large congregation with All Saints being absolutely full to capacity.
In the course of the service, tribute was paid not only to the casualties of the two World Wars but all the conflicts which have arisen since.
However there was a particularly poignant moment when the names of each one of the 32 All Saints’ parishioners who lost their lives in the First World War were read out. They are also commemorated in an All Saints’ Book called “The 32″and – as previously reported by PDN – the home addresses in Penarth that they left behind them when they went to war have been marked with individual wreaths, with the co-operation of today’s householders.
There was a scheduled lunch provided by members of All Saints Church at the church hall for those involved in the afternoon march.
Although the procession was not due to form up and begin the march fropm All Saints to the Garden of Remembrance at Rectory Road until 13:30 – in fact the parade formed-up before it was actually due – and set off towards Rectory Road at least 15 minutes before schedule.
To hear the Veterans’ Band play – press the arrow below.
By 13:43 – 15 minutes earlier than scheduled – the wreath laying ceremony was under way in the Garden of Remembrance – watched by a considerable number of local residents who stood in Rectory Road to watch the moving tribute.
The timing knock-ons then continued with all the timings being earlier-than-scheduled.
It meant that the procession arrived at Windsor Road roundabout at 13:40 – some 20 minutes earlier than the original published time – with the result that some local residents completely missed the parade marching through the town centre as it was all over by 13:55. .
The parade was watched by scores of townspeople who had taken up early vantage points along the route but the earlier than scheduled start from All Saints had meant that many families who arrived on time on Windsor Road missed the spectacle and found that the marchers had already passed along Windsor Road en route to Penarth Ex-Servicemen’s Club – where the marchers were stood down .
The local British Legion officers and the committee of veterans who had a set up a “command and control centre” to manage the event. Apart from the timing glich everything went without a hitch and the objective of making the event a far more prominent occasion than in past years, has been achieved .
However the Remembrance Sunday organisers may not have been aware that Windsor Road could have been inadvertently blocked in the afternoon because of preparations for the town’s Christmas Lights Switch-on – due to take place a week today
Somewhat incongruously – given the sombre nature of the day – Remembrance Sunday had clashed with the installation of Penarth’s Christmas Lights in the town centre.
A new contractor – Woodland Electrical Contractors of Barry – has been engaged to do the work this year, replacing the previous contractors who hailed from Bridgend.
The installation team however said they had received no forewarning from Penarth Town Council that the Remembrance Sunday procession was due to march through Windsor Road that afternoon – and had only one day allocated to install all the Christmas lighting in time for next Sunday.
In the event, the installers did not install the Christmas Lights in Windsor Road and concentrated on Glebe St instead. The Windsor Road Christmas lights will have to be installed some time this week to be ready for next Sunday