Flintshire pays respects to Great War heroes

Published date: 05 August 2014 |
Published by: Robert Doman 
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PEOPLE in Flintshire have joined thousands nationwide in recognising the sacrifice made by the fallen soldiers of the First World War.

Among commemorations, about 70 residents and community leaders gathered at the First World War Cenotaph by the bowling greens near Elfed School, Buckley.

They stood as The Last Post was played, followed by an “impeccable” two minute silence while the names of those listed on the town's memorial were read out as part of the event marking the outbreak of the Great War.

Buckley Royal British Legion (RBL) chairman Jim Tunney said: “All the names of the fallen that appear on the Cenotaph were read out and the RBL laid a wreath in their memory. There was an excellent turnout and it was good to see a number of young people there too.

“Without the sacrifice of the soldiers we don’t know what the future might have been for us. It was a very nice ceremony.”

During the 20 minute ceremony at the Hawkesbury Cenotaph, Mr Tunney himself played The Last Post bugle call and Reveille before those attending stood to observe a two minutes silence.

Town mayor Ian Peters joined fellow Buckley councillors in attending the event. He said: “It was an honour and a privilege for me to attend and pay my respects on such an important occasion. One of the names on the cenotaph is that of my nan’s brother, so I was happy to be there.

“It was a well attended, respectful and fitting tribute. I felt proud of the sacrifice that was made.”

RBL standard bearers stood by as prayers at the service were led by the Rev Martin Batchelor, vicar of Bistre parish.

Flintshire and Buckley councillor Dennis Hutchinson said: “It was a fitting tribute for such a sombre service.

“The Last Post was observed impeccably. The RBL got it just right in commemorating the outbreak of the First 

World War.”

Bistre Methodist Church held a ‘Lights Out’ service from 10pm last night to coincide with a commemoration service at Westminster Abbey.

Similar services also took place in other parts of the county, including Flint, where people gathered at St Mary’s and St David’s Church by candlelight to take part in the commemorations.

Further ‘Lights Out’ services took place at places including the summit of Moel Famau and at St Mary’s Church in Ysceifiog.

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