Crowds gather for Remembrance Sunday in Dunchurch and Bilton
South Rugby communities remember the fallen with traditional services and the laying of wreaths.
DUNCHURCH Band played ‘Abide with me’ as crowds arrived for the Remembrance Sunday service at the village war memorial yesterday (14th November 2021).
The village’s uniformed associations were in attendance for the service. Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts all stood with their flags raised.
Red and purple knitted poppies adorned the war memorial in front of St Peter’s Church. Purple is for animals killed in war.
A list of names of those lost in WWI and WWII were read, as well as the names of those lost in the crash of the Canadian Halifax Bomber.
And then a member of the Dunchurch Band played the last post as the church clock struck 11am.
After the silence and readings, the presiding minister spoke about the importance of remembrance, saying: “Remembrance really is about how we live as a community and as a nation.”
A representative from the Royal British Legion laid the first wreath, followed by the parish council, church and uniformed organisations.
St Peter’s Church vicar Rev Pat Townshend was on compassionate leave on Sunday.
Remembrance Sunday was also marked in Bilton with an outdoor service at the war memorial at St Mark’s. The traditional parade did not take place but hundreds gathered in and around the churchyard for the service and laying of wreaths.