The Wellington community joined millions in towns and cities across the country in observing a two-minute silence on Armistice Day on Saturday 11 November. People of all ages in the town centre joined in the respectful commemoration of lives lost in conflicts after a bugler from Wellington School’s CCF played the Last Post. This year is the 99th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice on 11 November 1918 which brought an end to World War One and the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele which cost the lives of nearly half a million men from both sides of the conflict.
Members of the Town Council, Wellington Mayor Gary James, Wellington School Headmaster Henry Price and the school’s Corps of Drums, Wellington Army Cadets and representatives of the town’s Royal British Legion branch marched from the Council Offices in Fore Street to the centre of the town before the two minute silence.
The Remembrance Day Service on Sunday 12 November, in Wellington Park drew together representatives from the whole community. Led by Wellington School Corps of Drums and CCF, Wellington and Taunton Deane Mayors and town councillors, MP Rebecca Pow and the Royal British Legion Wellington Branch, wreaths were laid at the War Memorial decorated with hundreds of poppies knitted by members of the Women’s Institute. The Armed Services, Service Veterans’ Organisations, schools, St John’s Ambulance, Wellington Cadets, Avon and Somerset Police, scouts and guides groups and Wellington Majorettes were all represented.
Rev. Tim Treanor, Rector of St John’s Church, led the service which included an address by Rev. Tim Pottage from Wellington Parish Church and members of Churches Together.
During the wreath-laying, the names of local victims of war only recently added were read by the RBL’s Wellington Branch President Michael Rose, followed by the Head Boy and Head Girl from Rockwell Green Primary School reading their own prayer.
Michael Rose acknowledged the presence of everyone at the service, particularly the many young people who, he said, owe their freedom to the sacrifice of the many whose lives were lost in both World Wars.