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Centenary of the Armistice - the town remembers and reflects PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steve Glennie-Smith   
Sunday, 11 November 2018 20:50

The sun shone as a large crowd gathered for the centenary armistice open-air service in Ledbury's High Street this morning, Sunday 11th November 2018.

The names of all 185 men from Ledbury who were killed in the two World Wars were read out.

The Ledbury Community Brass Band provided accompaniment...

... as ex-service personnel and representatives of many of the town's organisations lined up by the war memorial

At 11 o'clock...

... solo trumpeter Charlotte Ainsworth played the Last Post to signify the beginning of the two minutes silence, and the Reveille to mark its end.

Many wreaths were then laid by the war memorial.

The service finished when the parade marched past the war memorial.

Several of the stands normally used for Ledbury in Bloom hanging baskets...

... and the railings in front of the Almshouses, were decorated with knitted poppies.

A notice nearby read:

“Crafts people and artists in Ledbury have come together in honour of those who have given so much to protect our freedom.  Because of them, we are free to enjoy our skills.
The poppies you see here are in thanks and appreciation of that gift.

The colours have the following significance:
  Red - Combatants
  Black - Empire Troops
  White - Non Combatants
  Purple - The Animals”