Kilmington remembers the fallen

Village turned out in force to wear their poppies with pride

THE people of Kilmington turned out in force to remember the victims of war last week.

Some 60 residents observed the two minutes’ silence at Kilmington playing field on Armistice Day.

Maroons alerted the staff and pupils of the village primary school who had assembled in their playground to do likewise.

The Remembrance Sunday ecumenical service in St Giles’ Church was led by the Rev Kate Woolven, while Pastor Darrell Holmes, the Royal British Legion Branch Chairman, gave the address, including startling statistics of those Armed Forces personnel in the Rifles regiment who had been killed and injured as a result of service in Afghanistan.

The lessons were read by Roger Lovegrove, the new branch chairman, and by Air Cadet Flight Sergeant Lauren Kerslake whose brother, Alex, sounded the Last Post and Reveille as the congregation remembered the fallen.

A large crowd also attended the short service at the War Memorial where wreaths were laid by the branch and the police.

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After refreshments in the village hall, 46 RBL members enjoyed lunch in the Wheelwright Inn.