Helston, Porthleven and the Lizard fall silent for Remembrance: PICTURES (From This is The West Country)
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Helston, Porthleven and the Lizard fall silent for Remembrance: PICTURES
4:44pm Thursday 14th November 2013 in Cornwall
A silence fell over Helston and the Lizard Peninsula on Monday when, as one, the town and parishes remembered the sacrifices made by the war dead.
Wreaths were laid at Helston’s memorial garden next to the Grylls Monument, as well as in other villages.
A large number of parades and services also took place the previous day, Remembrance Sunday, including a well-attended parade in Helston that left the Co-op car park and made its way through the town centre to the parish church of St Michael’s.
Here a service was held and wreaths laid at the war memorial outside, before the procession continued to the Grylls Monument where crosses were placed in the garden of remembrance.
Groups and organisations taking part included the Royal British Legion, RNAS Culdrose, St John Ambulance, the air cadets, police cadets, Scouts, Cubs and Beavers, and primary schools, together with veterans, all led by Helston Town Band.
In Mawgan more than 80 people from across the Meneage parishes gathered next to the war memorial.
Henry Goldsworthy, a veteran of World War II and now in his 80s, spoke the exhortation and laid the Royal British Legion wreath on the memorial. At the other end of the age spectrum, James Davies laid a wreath on behalf of Garras School.
More than a dozen wreaths and crosses laid on behalf of churches, schools and local organisations included those from HMS Seahawk, RNAS Culdrose laid by Lieutenant Commander Adam Jones, Mawgan Parish Council, laid by chairman Kevin Roberts; and Parc Vro Residential Home, opposite the memorial, where residents could be seen watching from the windows as Peter McLoughlin laid their wreath.
The service of remembrance was led by the Rev Len Jepp and hymns were accompanied, on the cornet, by Anthony Hoskin who also sounded the Last Post and Reveille either side of the two-minute silence.
As a mark of respect, traffic was stopped on the busy roundabout for about ten minutes.
More than £270 was raised on the day for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
In St Keverne a large number of people, including representatives of organisations and the primary school, gathered next to statutes at the top of the village before parading down to the war memorial for a short service.
Among those laying wreaths included parish council chairman Roger Combe and Lieutenant Commander Colin McGannify, commanding officer of 849 Squadron.
Later the same day a similar service took place next to Coverack’s war memorial, with a parade also taking place in Mullion during the afternoon.
St Sithney Church held its service, led by Rev Canon David Miller, in the evening.
The names of the fallen were read by Elizabeth Schofield, and David Pascoe played the Reveille Wreaths were laid on the pulpit, which also acts as the war memorial, by Ron Mildren from Sithney Church, Ian Patterson from the parish council, from Sithney School, 1st St Elvan Scout Group and Sithney Green Brownies .
A collection of £131 was taken for the Royal British Legion.
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