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EAST DEVON:Special service to commemorate WWI centenary

Thursday, 24 July 2014

AXMINSTER will commemorate the centenary of the start of the Forst World War with a special church service and cream tea on Sunday, August 4th. The service, starting at 2.30pm at The Minster, will be officiated by the Reverend Geoffrey Walsh assisted by the Reverend John Streeting and the Venerable Frank Johnstone CB CF Rtd. The service will proceed to the war memorial, where local children will be asked to lay a red rose in remembrance of the 65 members of the Axminster community who lost their lives in combat during WWI. Following the service, an afternoon cream tea will be served in Axminster Guildhall where there will also be an opportunity to view a commemorative display of photographs, poems and family stories of those from the community who enlisted during WWI. Amongst those attending the event will be the Queen’s representative, Deputy Lieutenant of Devon Nicholas Maxwell-Lawford MBE, who will address the congregations during the afternoon tea. Others attending will include Lieutenant Colonel G.S. Nicholls Rtd, The ifles, Wyvern Baracks, Exeter; Lieutenant Colonel John Watkins MC, RM Rtd.; a representative of Devon & Cornwall Police; Neil Parish MP; Group Captain Brian Lavender OBE, AFC, Rtd; and mayors and deputy mayors from Axminster’s neighbouring towns. Tickets for the afternoon tea are available from the Archway Bookshop for £5 each. Children are welcome to attend for free when accompanied by a paying adult. All proceeds from the event will be split between The Minster and the Royal British Legion Axminster branch.

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