The nation has paid respectful remembrance to all those who served, fought, and died in World War 1. The community of Lightwater turned out in huge numbers to do the same, at the events surrounding the centenary of the ending of WW1.
The key events were led and organised by All Saints’ Church in Lightwater. The main spectacle was a poppy cascade of almost 8000 knitted poppies in front of the Church. The cascade drew many admiring visitors.
All Saints’ Church held a party for the poppy knitters, and an open day for all on Saturday 10th, with a matchless remembrance exhibition in a series of boards about all those named on the Lightwater war memorial, with plenty of other memorabilia on the Great War.
After the end of the Remembrance Sunday service, when almost everyone had left the church hall, and standing on the pavement near the cascade while waiting to be picked up by my dear wife, I watched the passage of traffic. With the sun shining directly into the drivers I saw the driver of one car mouth the word ‘wow’ when he saw the cascade. I’m sure that was everyone’s response. The credit for organising it goes to Carol and Derek Browning, and, of course, thanks to the knitters.
For the Remembrance Sunday service, All Saints’ Church was full to overflowing at and by the war memorial were the largest crowd for the service I’ve seen, estimates are over a 1000. The service was again blessed with bright sunshine, and in the still air The Last Post played, superbly, by the bugler of Bagshot Band was especially moving.
On Sunday afternoon I went to the ‘official’ opening of the WW1 trench in the grounds of Lightwater 1st Scouts. The preceding heavy rain of the previous few days gave the realistic trench the necessary muddy appearance. I’ll post a short video of this later. [Click on images to expand]
In conclusion, Lightwater, you played your part in the remembrance of centenary of WW1, and splendidly so.