Due to ongoing Covid19 restrictions the Town Council approached the time of Remembrance very differently this year. For Remembrance Sunday on the 8th November the Town Council pre-recorded a service At the War Memorial, Great Torrington Cemetery, where an appropriate number of people attended and remained socially distanced. The service was filmed and this along with a montage of photos were displayed on the Town Council’s website on Sunday 8th November.
The Royal British Legion Chaplain, Reverend Peter Bevan welcomed those present which then led to into the Last Post being played by Nick Megson from Torrington Silver Band with two-minute’s silence being observed.
Mr Sidney Adams, Chairman of the Great Torrington Branch of the Royal British Legion read the reading;
They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
Wreaths were then laid by Sidney Adams and the Mayor, Cllr Keeley Allin on behalf of the Uniformed Services and the Town Council respectively.
The Kohima Epitaph was read by Sidney Adams, and the Mayor read the poem, “For the Fallen” by Laurence Binyon
Reverend Peter Bevan read from the Bible and led Prayers and a Blessing.
For Armistice Day the Mayor of Great Torrington and Beadle along with the Royal British Legion Chaplain, Reverend Peter Bevan attended the War Memorial prior to the new restrictions being enforced. At this time a simple service was conducted which included the Roll of Honour being read by the Chaplain and Mayor, a Bible Reading, Prayers and the laying of a wreath. A second montage of photos along with the Roll of honour was posted on the Council’s website on the 11th of November 2020.
All of this information can be viewed on the Town Council’s website;
We will Remember them!