Hugely gratifying response

Today we held our WW1 Commemoration and had a larger than expected turn out – the count varied between 70 and 90 depending on where you stood.

 

 

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There were some wonderfully evocative readings:

  • From Graham Stewart – a presentation from the BBC TV Programme ’37 Days’
  • From Harrison Hughes – ‘In Flanders Fields’ by John McRae
  • From Roger Barnes – The names on the ‘Shrine
  • Harrison also laid the wreath and placed miniature crosses for each of the men on the shrine.

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We were graced by seven riders, two of whom were in authentic WW1 uniform and villagers from near and far.

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After the brief ceremony the WI welcomed any who stayed to soup and a roll in the village hall – a real treat with five truly home made soups, hearty and warming in a convivial atmosphere.  Many thanks to the ladies of Utkinton WI who did our visitors proud.

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We sold a number of booklets (‘Those we lost’ from UCPC and ‘Tarporley Memorial Walk’ from Tarporley Remembers) and a total of £100 was collected – thank you indeed, this will go to the Royal British Legion ‘Poppy Appeal’

Stewards did a sterling job marshalling the stretch of road between Northgate Lower and Quarry Bank and passing motorists all took heed of what was going on.

All in all a fitting commemoration.

(Our thanks to Bronwyn Kelly, Matt Tunney and Jen Tunney for the photographs)
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