Remembrance Sunday is always a poignant day in the calendar of everyone’s hearts and minds. It is a day when people from all walks of life irrespective of background, colour or religion, all unite in thoughts and prayers for the fallen of past wars and more recent conflicts from around the world.
Some simply stay at home and watch remembrance services on their televisions, others may venture out to witness parades and some take part in local marches, parades and services at their own town Cenotaphs to show their respect and lay wreaths or crosses in memory of the fallen.
This years’ Remembrance Day service was no different and the ceremony held at the Warrington Cenotaph was attended by a number of Freemasons including Warrington Group Chairman Andy Barton, vice chairman Chris Gleave, group secretary John McIntyre, Director of the Masonic Hall Eric Drinkwater, Les Taylor-Duff, Gordon Archer, Les Ashcroft, John Starkey, Eric Miller, Lee Marsh and John Moore.
The very moving service was conducted under bright but cold autumnal skies. However, the number of people who attended seemed no less, considering the drop in temperatures which was very apparent.
Les Taylor-Duff read the popular extract from the poem ‘For the Fallen’. The two minute silence followed, which seemed to be observed by all of Warrington. The Reveille concluded the silence.
A scripture reading, (Romans 12:15-21). Was given by Father Christopher Cunningham, Roman Catholic Dean of Warrington. The praying together was led by The Reverend Paul Wilson, Rector of Warrington, with regards to the prayer of commemoration for those who died at the Battle for Passchendaele during July 1917. Prayers were also led by representatives of the Warrington Council of Faiths and Warrington Free Churches.
Wreaths were placed in remembrance of those who died in battle serving their country by Andy Barton and Eric Drinkwater.
Pictures and story by John Starkey.