Remembrance Day in North Somerset
By Carol_Deacon | Wednesday, November 07, 2012, 13:11
Remembrance Day falls for the first time for many years on Sunday, November 11.
A Festival of Remberance at Clevedon
The Poppy Appeal is launched on Weston beach
A fallen soldier remembered at Backwell
The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month is Armistice Day a memorial day observed since the end of World War I to remember the millions of young men who have died in the line of duty.
Remembrance Day is also known as Poppy Day and now commerates service personal who have served in many conflicts including World War 2.
The red remembrance poppy is a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day from the poem In Flanders Fields.
The Royal British Legion's annual poppy appeal was launched at Weston-super-Mare with a poppy themed record attempt on the beach.
Hundreds of young people gathered on the beach to form the world's biggest poppy.
Weston MP John Penrose said: "I applaud this novel way of promoting the Royal British Legion and the excellent work it does, not just in helping servicemen from the two world wars but also survivors and their families from more recent conflicts like the Falklands, Iraq, the Gulf Wars and Afghanistan."
Nationally, it's hoped this year's appeal will raise somewhere in the region of £42 million.
Hundreds of supporters turned out for the appeal launch last month at Weston including around 250 cadets, schoolchildren and students.
Using symbolic red umbrellas the young people formed the shape of a giant poppy at Beach Lawns.
They were watched by serving Armed Forces personnel, veterans and supporters.
The all-day event also included live music, the release of 300 balloons with messages of support for people serving with the Armed Forces and a speech from guest of honour Mark Langridge, an Army officer who led one of the two teams that raced each other across Antarctica this year to recreate the gruelling race for the South Pole between Captain Scott and Roald Amundsen a century ago.
Here are some of the rememberance events being held throughout North Somerset.
- Remembrance Day will be observed by all 200 staff and 1,700 students at Backwell School on Friday, November 9, at 11am to remember those in the forces who have died in the line of duty. Everyone will assemble at the front of the school. This year a Year 12 student and trumpeter Tom Large will be playing The Last Post followed by two minutes silence.
- This year as the 11th falls on a Sunday St Andrew's church will be starting its service outside by the war memorial at 10.45am. The wall contains an inscription to Major Matthew Collins, a soldier from village who was been killed last year while on duty in Afghanistan.
- The Clevedon branch of the Royal British Legion is hosting a Remembrance Festival on Friday, November 9, at 7.30pm at Princes Hall. Young people from Clevedon Community School will be reading war poems, there will be displays by the air and army cadets and rousing music from the Portishead Town Band. Tickets at £7 from the community centre box office or by calling Rob Campbell on 01275 877038.
- Clevedon Town Council chairman Jon Middleton will be attending the 11am service at the town centre war memorial, at Station Road, to lay a wreaths. Local dignitaries and representives of local organisations will join the RBL at 2.30pm at Salthouse to march to St Andrew church, Old Church Road, for a formal service at 3pm.
- North Somerset MP Liam Fox will join the outdoor wreath-laying service at Holy Trinity church, Nailsea, at 10.30am. Afterwards there will be a tradional remembrance service led by the Rev Jolyon Trickey and licenced reader Stan Carpenter at church or a family-focused reflection in Tithe Barn until 11.45am followed by refreshments for those who attended either service. The two minutes silence will be observed at 11am.
- Last Sunday a short midday service was conducted in the Millennium Garden at St Peter's Church remembering friends, loved ones and those who have no-one to remember them, who have given or lost their lives at any time.
- On Sunday, November 11, at 9.30am a Remembrance Service will be held at St Nicholas' Church and at 10am contingents will assemble at Stoke Road for a parade to move off at 10.20am via High Street, passing the saluting base at Folk Hall and timed to arrive at 10.35am at St Peter's Church. In the event of inclement weather, all contingents will proceed independently to St Peter's for the service at 10.45hrs.
- Weston-super-Mare's Royal British Legion will lead the parade for the town's annual remembrance service. The legion will parade from the High Street at 10.15am to Grove Park, supported by other ex service members, standard bearers, cadets, scouts, cubs, guides and brownies. Also attending the service, on Sunday, November 11, will be Weston mayor Dave Hitchins and his wife Carol. The service will be held in Grove Park, starting at just before 11am. Following the serivce the RAFFA Club, at Alexander Parade will hold an 'open house' for the remainder of the day.