Lest we forget – Armistice Day marked

Armistice Day service at the Wisbech war memorial.
Armistice Day service at the Wisbech war memorial.
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THE country fell silent at 11am today (Friday) as people stopped to remember those who gave their lives for their country and the brave men and women still fighting.

At Wisbech, a sizable crowd gathered at the War Memorial in the Crescent to mark Armistice Day.

Armistice Day service at the Wisbech war memorial'Bill Taylor 86 and George Bettinson 89

Armistice Day service at the Wisbech war memorial'Bill Taylor 86 and George Bettinson 89

Father Paul West, from St Peter and St Paul’s Church, led the service, which was attended by many members of the public, veterans and town councillors, including Mayor and Mayoress Jonathan and Susanah Farmer.

As Father Paul recited a passage from Laurence Binyon’s famous poem ‘For the Fallen’, George Carruthers, president of the Ex-Services Club, lowered the Royal British Legion standard, adorned with a black ribbon.

As ‘The Last Post’ played, High Sheriff Richard Barnwell laid a poppy wreath on the memorial and then everyone bowed their heads for a two minute silence.

These scenes were echoed around Fenland as people gathered at town and village war memorials. Further services will be held on Sunday to mark Remembrance Sunday.

• See Wednesday’s paper for a full round-up of the memorial services.