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Remembrance/Armistice Day in Ferndown - 11th November 2018

The community of Ferndown came together on Sunday 11th November to mark a very special year of Remembrance. This year marked 100 years since the Armistice was signed in November 1918, bringing an end to the First World WarFerndown paid respect to the men and women of Ferndown who served in the World Wars and in subsequent conflicts.

There were a series of events during the day starting with the Armistice Day service in the Royal British Legion’s Garden of Remembrance at 10.45am. Local dignitaries, clergy and members of the Royal British Legion spoke during the moving service. Wreaths were laid showing respect for those who had given their lives in service to our country and a 2-minute silence observed.

The town’s Remembrance Parade and Service took place in the afternoon. The Parade was led by the Parkstone Sea Cadets Marching Band and included the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Dorset, Mr John Young, and the Mayor of Ferndown, Cllr Mrs Jean Read, who marched from King George V Playing Fields to St. Mary’s Church.

The town’s tremendous support for the very special day of remembrance was evident by the number of people in attendance at the Service with their being standing room only in St Mary’s Church. Scattered amongst the pews were perspex ‘Silent Soldier’ silhouettes to represent the spirits of serving soldiers who lost their lives.

The Rector, Reverend Sarah Pix and Team Vicar, Reverend Patches Chabala led the service and spoke of the importance of future generations continuing the Remembrance Day legacy and how making the most of the freedom and privileges we enjoy today is a fitting tribute to those who fought in sacrifice of their own freedom. Readings were delivered by the Mayor, and Ferndown Town Council’s Town Clerk, Vanessa Ricketts, who read a poignant poem named ‘Just A Common Soldier (A Solider Died Today)’.

Members of the congregation were gifted a replica of ‘The Gospel according to Saint John’. First produced in 1914 by Scripture Gift Mission, 43 million copies of the Gospels were shared amongst soldiers, prisoners and refugees in WW1.