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Issue 314 – Frome Remembers

On Sunday, 14th November, Frome ‘Remembered’ with a service outside the Memorial Theatre – a memorial which perhaps seems as relevant today as it was when subscribed for by the people of the town after the Great War.

The parade was led by Flt. Lt. March of Frome Air Training Corp, as veterans and groups proudly marched together, following the precision of the Frome Army Cadets band. At 11.00am the Last Post was played and the traditional 2 minute silence was observed.
Many civic organisations were represented during the wreath laying which was led by the mayor, cllr Helen Spawson-White.  Cllr Damon Hooton, currently standing in as leader for Mendip District Council, also laid a wreath as did the chairman of the Frome branch of the Royal British Legion, David Newell, and representatives of the Armed Forces associations, the emergency services, the charitable organisations and the youth groups in the town.
Jane Norris, a committee member of Frome RBL said, “Despite the rain the crowds seemed as big as ever and several younger people appeared in medals, suggesting service connections.  What ever the individual’s motivation for being there the atmosphere was expectant and respectful, with silence being observed during the short service, led by Hilary Daniel, and during the laying of the wreaths. Individuals planted their own crosses, some with messages.
“The Assembly Rooms offered a great refuge from the rain and thanks go to Sally Gregory and her team for providing hot drinks.”