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Remembrance at the War Memorial

Remembrance at the War Memorial

HUNDREDS of people turned out to pay their respects on Remembrance Sunday, for the annual parade and service in Frome. 

Jane Norris, chairman of the Frome Branch of the Royal British Legion, thanks the people of Frome for their support of both Remembrance Sunday and the annual Poppy Appeal.

Jane said, “It is one day a year where everyone can come together for half an hour [on Remembrance Sunday], and just pause. It’s such a personal thing – no-one is telling anyone they have to be there, but it’s heartening that people support it.

“We were blessed with exceptionally good weather, and this year we did something a bit different. We invited people to make their own mark of Remembrance and loads of people did. Children, families and young adults all brought their handmade wreaths up and it was so touching to see that.”

Armistice Day itself (Monday 11th November) was also marked with commemorations at the Memorial Theatre and at Sainsbury’s.

At the Frome War Memorial, the Frome branch of the Royal Naval Association was joined by members of the Memorial Theatre board of trustees and the general public at 10.55am on Remembrance Day, Monday 11th November.

At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, marking the end of hostilities in 1918, the traditional two minutes’ silence was held, with the lowering of the Union flag and the dipping of the Royal Naval Association Standard.

As the custodians of the war memorial and the services memorabilia in Frome, the foyer of the Memorial Theatre was open to allow the viewing of the rolls of honour, containing the list of Frome men who fell serving the country from World War I through to the Falklands War.

On Saturday 23rd November at 3.00pm, the Annual Remembrance Football Match in support of the Royal British Legion will be held at Frome Town Football Club’s ground, with the home team playing Hemel Hempstead. All ex-service personnel will have free entry to the match. Full bar and refreshment facilities available all day.