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SIDMOUTH : Sidmouth pays homage

Thursday, 03 July 2014

IN?STEP:  Led by the Parade Marshal Ralph Hickman, the Sidmouth branch of the Royal British Legion lead the parade from High Street to the Ham

IN?STEP: Led by the Parade Marshal Ralph Hickman, the Sidmouth branch of the Royal British Legion lead the parade from High Street to the Ham

THE?people of Sidmouth turned out in force on Saturday to witness a dignified double commemoration, honouring the Armed Forces and marking of the prelude to the start of World War One. Organised by the Sidmouth branch of the Royal British Legion, supported by Sidmouth Town Council. a large crowds lined the High Street to watch a parade of the town’s uniformed organisations before joining in a special service on the Ham. The parade, led by Sidmouth Town Band and marshalled by the Legion’s branch secretary Ralph Hickman, included the standards of the Sidmouth, Sidbury and Seaton branches as well as the Royal Navy Old Comrades Association. Drumhead Other organisations taking part in the parade included ed the Army Cadet Force, Air Training Corp and the Scouts and Guides. After assembling outside the Co-op, the parade made its way down the High Street and along the Esplanade before congretaing on the Ham where a drumhead had been built. After the laying of the standards over the drumhead, a special service was conducted by the Reverend Canon Dr Philip Bourne. He explained that it was a double occasion to mark Armed Forces Day and to recognise the 100th anniversary of the prelude to World War One when Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand was shot in Sarajevo His assassination precipitated Austria-Hungry’s declaration of war against Serbia, resulting in Germany and Great Britain declaring war on each other one month later. Canon Bourne also explained the significance of the drumhead used on the battlefield as an altar. Canon Bourne paid tribute to the young men and woman of the Armed Forces who were serving all over the world. After the opening hymn, “I Bear To Thee My Country”, the chairman of Sidmouth Town Council, Councillor John Hollick read from the bible. Prayers were then said for world leaders, the Armed Forces and for world peace, followed by the Lord’s Prayer and a reading by Royal British Legion member David Powell and a blessing. After a short break, the service format was changed to mark the 100th anivversary of the prelude of World War One.


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