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Barnstaple Remembers WW1
3 August 2014
100 years after its commencement, Barnstaple will remember the lives of those who lived, fought and died in the First World War at a commemorative parade and service on Sunday 3 August 2014, which will now include a fly past by a 22 Squadron A Search and Rescue helicopter.
The Sea King aircraft will open proceedings by flying over Rock Park at just before 11.00am, following which there will be a wreath laying ceremony at the War Memorial.
A parade will then make its way to the Pannier Market, led by North Devon Pipes and Drums, and including the Royal Marines, Forces veterans, Barnstaple Youth Marching Band, Air and Sea Cadets, Scouts and Guides, and a range of dignitaries from Barnstaple and beyond.
In the Market, a Drumhead Service and Act of Remembrance will begin at 11.50am, conducted by the Bishop of Crediton, the Rt. Reverend N. McKinnel. The service will include performances by North Devon Pipes & Drums, Barnstaple Male Voice Choir and Barnstaple Youth Marching Band.
Barnstaple Town Council is working in partnership with the Royal British Legion, the Army Benevolent Fund and other local organisations to stage the event.
For the Town Council, Town Mayor Cllr Mrs Valerie Elkins said “The First World War still represents the most significant turning point in our recent history and it is right and fitting that we should mark its commencement with a formal Act of Remembrance. I would encourage the town to join us on 3 August to remember all those who served.”
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