Places are still available as plans are finalised for a trip to France to honour St Annes’ war dead.
Father David Lyon, vicar of St Annes Parish Church was deeply moved by a visit he made to graves in France last year as part of the commemoration of the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War – and vowed to organised a journey to the battlefields in France for parishioners wishing to pay their own tributes to the local men who died.
The trip has been arranged to run from June 29 to July 3, but there are still seats available and a meeting open to anyone interested has been arranged to take place at the Parish Church for this Saturday at 11am.
During their trip to the Continent last year, Fr David and his wife Brenda visited 76 of the graves of the 180 local men who died in the 1914-18 conflict.
They placed a lit candle and a cross on each, while a wreath was laid by Fr David in the victims’ memory at the Last Post ceremony held at the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing of Britain and the Commonwealth in Ypres, Belgium, which was at the heart of the front line.
Fr David said: “I have always been aware there is tremendous pride in the sacrifice made by these men but it really brings it home to see the battlefields where they perished and their graves.
“What struck me particularly was the scale of the loss and just how young some of the people involved were.
“It was so touching to see on the graves the names of some of families who still regularly attend our church.
“Several parishioners gave signed up for the trip but we would like to hear from more and anyone interested should come along to the church on Saturday.”