PENARTH SALUTES THE FALLEN ON THE CENTENARY OF THE ARMISTICE

As the last post is sounded, the colours are lowered to the ground in Penarth’s Garden of Remembrance today

A large crowd of local residents accompanied representatives of the military, the emergency services and local organisations in the annual Remembrance Sunday commemoration  which today coincides with the centenary of the Armistice which brought the First World War to an end.

The traditional wreath laying at the Garden of Remembrance in Rectory Road was followed by a procession to St Augustine’s Church where a special service – open to all to attend – was held.

For the first time ever the bagpipers of the Welsh Piping Society led the procession

The proceedings began when councillors, representatives of local organisations and military personnel representing the armed services formed up at Station Approach – outside what used to be Penarth’s British Legion HQ.

The procession was led for the first time by the bagpipe band of Cardiff based  Welsh Piping Society immaculate in kilts and highland regalia.

The clouds and rain rolled away and there was brilliant sunshine as a lone British Legion standard-bearer led the procession from Station Approach to Rectory Road

If you press the arrow button on the bar above you can hear the music played by the Welsh Piping Society

Following the band were the flags and ensigns of local organisations, emergency services and the military – watched by scores of spectators lining the pavements

Many medals were to be seen being worn by Penarth’s veterans – some of whom were accompanied by grandchildren who will – in future years – proudly remember this day

Walking with local councillors to the wreath-laying ceremony was Police and Crime Commissioner Alun Michael

On the march pupils from Stanwell School carried bags of jelly babies for distribution to spectators lining the route . Stanwell history teacher Lucy Donovan had discovered that this is what soldiers in the 1918 Armistice celebrations had done – and revived the tradition with Stanwell pupils.

On the march – detachments of the Army, the Royal Navy and the RAF

Laurie Pavelin, chair of Penarth Lifeboat Station led a retinue of lifeboat crew members and officials and laid a wreath on behalf of the RNLI

When the procession halted in Rectory Road it almost filled the entire length of the road.

The scene at the Garden of Remembrance as the wreath-laying ceremony was about to begin

After the two minutes’ silence the “Reveille” is sounded and the colours are raised again. The trumpeter is Philip Morris chair of Penarth Royal British Legion Branch

On the completion of the official wreath laying the Garden of Remembrance remains open to enable local families to make their own personal tributes

For the first time in many years the procession turned right at the Clock Roundabout to head towards St Augustine’s Church (in recent years the service has usually been at All Saints because it’s a level walk for veterans compared with the climb up Albert Road )

The Welsh bagpipers led the procession along Belle Vue Terrace towards St Augustine’s Church

The Mayor of Penarth Cllr Jon Luxton – who is a wheelchair user – appeared to have no problems with a hill climb which had daunted some parishioners

The Deputy Lord Lieutenant Duncan Cantley was amongst those  attending today’s service

Veterans attending today’s Remembrance Sunday service came to salute the fallen of the First World War and also to pay tribute to comrades they had lost in the many wars and conflicts that have occurred in the hundred years since the end of the “War to End All Wars”

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2 Responses to PENARTH SALUTES THE FALLEN ON THE CENTENARY OF THE ARMISTICE

  1. Alan Peters says:

    Congratulations to all concerned, a fitting tribute to those who never returned.

  2. Paul christopher says:

    The grand children that you reported on are actually my children. As a veteran of the army of 18 years in the Royal Artillery

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