REMEMBRANCE DAY Nailsea and Backwell in words

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By Carol_Deacon | Sunday, November 11, 2012, 12:32

North Somerset MP Liam Fox and his wife Jesme were among those at Nailsea paying their respects to the fallen of many conflicts on Sunday morning, November 11.

Veterans, Nailsea Town Council, uniformed organisations, police, fire service, cadets and Toc H were among those laying wreaths at the war memorial outside Holy Trinity church.

The roll of honour was read by Royal British Legion parade marshall Brian Irwin.

It was a cold, crisp winter's morning when only the sounds of the nearby roadworks at Whitesfield Road and the crow's cawing broke the still silence.

At Backwell School on Friday Remembrance Day was observed by all 200 staff and 1,700 students.

Everyone assembled at the front of the school to hear Year 12 student and trumpeter Tom Large play The Last Post and all observed the two minute silence. 

Tricia Collins, the mother of Major Matthew Collins, a soldier from village who was killed last year while on duty in Afghanistan, works at the comprehensive school.

A plaque dedicated to Major Collins was unveiled last year at Backwell war memorial.

The Royal British Legion invited Backwell School to become involved with the Fields Of Remembrance this year and two students from each year group visited Lydiard Park, at Royal Wootton Bassett, to help plant 35,000 crosses and 60,000 poppies in the walled garden.  

The school was given its own plot and staff and students were invited to make a donation for the crosses which were then planted in its plot.  

The Field Of Remembrance at Royal Wootton Bassett remembers those who have lost their lives serving in Afghanistan.On Sunday the Nailsea parade began at Church Lane with the elderly comrades-in-arms complimented by youth and other service personnel all marching in unison for the ceremony of remembrance. 

The Rev Jolyon Trickey led the prayers and licenced reader Stan Carpenter helped at the standing room only traditional  church service afterwards.

A family-focused reflection at theTithe Barn was held at the same time.

It is the first time for many years Remembrance Day has fallen on Sunday, November 11.

Armistice Day has been observed since the end of World War I to remember the millions of young men who have died in the line of duty on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. 

Remembrance Day now also known as Poppy Day commerates all 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. 

To see more photos at Holy Trinity click HERE.

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