ABOUT 1,000 people gathered in King Square in Bridgwater this morning for the annual Remembrance Sunday service led by the Royal British Legion.
Debbie Johnson for the legion said: “As usual the focus was on remembering the service and sacrifice of all those who have defended our freedoms, not only in the two World Wars, but in all the wars and conflicts leading to the current day.
“The day began with the unmistakeable arrival of over 40 motorbikes from the Hoonigans Riding Club, many of whom have strong military connections as ex-service and serving personnel.
“Local cadet corps paraded around the square and representatives from the cadets stood at all four corners of The Angel, (the statue in the centre) for the duration of the ceremony. Standard bearers carrying organisational flags as well as the Union Jack accompanied the civic dignitaries and clergy.
“One of the standard bearers, Allisa Goddard, had only just returned from representing the Bridgwater Branch at the Festival of Remembrance at The Albert Hall in London yesterday.
“Many local dignitaries laid wreaths, including MP Ian Liddell-Grainger, and the ceremony was conducted by the Royal British Legion with prayers led by the Reverend Suse Osmond of St Mary’s Church.
“The sound of cannon shots both began and ended the two minutes silence commemorating when the battlefield fell silent as a prelude to peace talks that eventually ended the World War I. The Salvation Army played The Last Post and provided music for the ceremony.
“Following the civic service held at King Square, a second service was held in St Mary’s Church with further prayers, readings and blessings.”
PHOTOS: Jeff Searle
On Thursday, (November 11), about 150 people attended King Square to commemorate the Armistice, an agreement to cease fighting in World War I to enable negotiations for peace to begin.
Jeff Searle was again in attendance to capture the scene.