Hundreds of people from the local community joined together in a moving and deeply respectful Remembrance Parade, Service and Wreath-laying at the town’s War Memorial in Wellington Park on Sunday 11 November.
The ceremony began with a parade from Wellington School through the town to the park led by Wellington School’s Corps of Drums. It was followed by the school’s Combined Cadet Force, members of the Wellington Branch of The Royal British Legion, RBL Riders’ Branch, Wellington CCF, representatives of each of the armed services, Wellington Scouts, veterans’ organisations, pupils from each of the town’s schools, representatives from St John’s Ambulance, Wellington Majorettes and community groups including Avon and Somerset Police and Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service.
Members of the public had gathered in the town centre for the parade and more were present in the park for the Service of Remembrance led by Rev. Tim Treanor, Team Rector and Vicar of St John’s Church, Wellington.
Wellington Mayor Cllr Gary James was joined by Taunton Mayor Cllr Catherine Herbert, Taunton Deane MP Rebecca Pow and town councillors. Michael Rose, President of the Wellington Branch of the Royal British Legion, read out each of the names, ages and regiments of each of the 17 WW1 victims who have recently been added to the plaques on the War Memorial. Identifying the address in the town where each one of these men had lived added particular poignancy to this list, at the same time as wreaths were laid at the base of the Memorial.
The service included a reading of the Kohima Epitaph and a fine, eloquent playing of the Last Post by a young trumpeter from Wellington School. Members of each of the town’s churches gave readings and addressed the issue of sacrifice and recognition of those who serve the country in wars. Wellington Silver Band accompanied hymns and the National Anthem.
It was particularly significant that so many of the town’s children and young people took part or were witnesses of an act of Remembrance marking 100 years since the signing of the Armistice which ended WW1.