Lest we forget - communities in Dursley and Wotton honour the Armed Forces

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HUNDREDS of people turned out across Dursley, Wotton-under-Edge and Berkeley on Remembrance Sunday to honour former and serving members of the Armed Forces.

Crowds region fell silent in churches and at war memorials in remembrance of our fallen soliders.

On a cool, sunny day, the first of two services organised by the Cam and Dursley branch of the Royal British Legion began with an open-air service at 10.45am in Cam, led by the Reverend Jennifer McKenzie.

The two minute silence was held, with wreaths then laid at the war memorial on Hopton Road.

The second service at Dursley town centre began with the Remembrance Sunday march down to St James’ Church, led by the Wotton Silver Band.

A service by the Reverend Janet Bromley took place, before the laying of wreaths on the memorial gates at around 4pm.

In Kingswood, the village gathered at the war memorial at 10.50am to lay wreaths and hold the two minute silence, before being led up to the Kingswood Congregational Church by the Brownies, for a joint service with the congregation of St Mary’s Church.

Sheila Sainsbury, chairman of the Wotton-under-Edge men's Royal British Legion, said they’d seen record numbers at the town’s service at St Mary's Church led by the Reverend Rob Axford.

"It was the biggest turnout we’ve had yet," said Mrs Sainsbury. "They were sitting in choir stalls and by the organ."

And Berkeley paid its respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country through a service of remembrance at St Mary's Church at 3pm.

Chairman of Cam and Dursley’s branch of the Royal British Legion Andrew Cooper gave his thoughts on Remembrance Sunday.

"In our comfortable lives now we forget the grief and devastation of war," he said.

"The worst thing we can do is forget about it.

"We must not forget."

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