East Devon will remember the fallen

PUBLISHED: 15:02 07 November 2017

The Act of Remembrance at Seaton's Windsor Gardens last year. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

The Act of Remembrance at Seaton's Windsor Gardens last year. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

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Tributes to the fallen laid at  Seaton's Windsor Gardens last year. Picture: CHRIS CARSONTributes to the fallen laid at Seaton's Windsor Gardens last year. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

Towns and villages across East Devon will turn out in force this weekend to honour the fallen at services of remembrance.

Seaton Branch of the Royal British Legion, along with civic leaders, will observe the Act of Remembrance at 11am on Saturday, November 11.

Lance Cpl Oliver Clark of the First Rifles lays a poppy wreath at Axminster War Memorial  during last year's Remembrace Day ceremony. Picture: CHRIS CARSONLance Cpl Oliver Clark of the First Rifles lays a poppy wreath at Axminster War Memorial during last year's Remembrace Day ceremony. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

It will take place in Windsor Gardens in front of the Field of Remembrance, which is created each year to hold personal tributes.

The following day (Sunday, November 12) the RBL branch will lead the Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial in St Gregory’s Churchyard, prior to morning service.

Scouts and Cubs at last year's Remembrace Day ceremony at Axminster. Picture: CHRIS CARSONScouts and Cubs at last year's Remembrace Day ceremony at Axminster. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

The names of the fallen will be read, followed by the playing of the Last Post and two minutes’ silence at 11am.

Posies of poppies will be laid by children on the war graves in the churchyard and wreaths will be laid at the foot of the War Memorial.

At Axminster the Rev Geoffrey Walsh, Pastoral and RBL Chaplain, will conduct a short ceremony at the war memorial at 11am on Saturday, November 11, before the two minutes’ silence. Bugler Andrew Starre will be in attendance and people are asked to muster from 10.45am.

The following day there will be the traditional parade of uniformed groups and other organisations to the War Memorial for the laying of wreaths and the two minutes’ silence at 11am.

The Parade Marshall will be John Yorke, a serving member of The Royal Fleet Auxiliary. Mustering for the parade will be at around 10.15am in Market Place, near the Indian restaurant.

At Honiton, a two minutes’ silence will be held at the town’s war memorial at 11am on November 11 before a plaque is unveiled at the former Royal British Legion building in Dowell Street shortly after.

On Sunday, a Remembrance parade will take place from New Street at around 2.45pm and then a ceremony will be held at St Paul’s Church. The wreaths will be laid at 3.45pm.

At Kilmington the Armistice Day service takes place at 11am on Saturday, November 11, at the pavilion on the recreation filed off Whitford Road.

The Remembrance Day service is the following day at 9.45am at The Beacon – the village’s Baptist Church, in Whitford Road. It will be followed by the laying of poppy wreaths at the War Memorial on the junction of the A35 and Shute Road at 11am.

At Colyton the remembrance service takes place in the parish church on Sunday from 10.50am.

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