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PICTURE SPECIAL: Surfleet marks 100 years of Remembrance with church service and Battle's Over commemoration at Glen Park




Twenty one men from Surfleet who gave their lives in two Worlds Wars were uppermost in villagers' minds on Sunday.

Prayers of Remembrance were said at St Laurence's Church were children from Surfleet Primary School joined villagers for a special service on Sunday morning.

It was followed by a short service at Surfleet War Memorial which bears the names of the 17 men from the village who died during World War I.

Villagers remember during the Battle's Over commemoration at Glen Park, Surfleet.Photo by Michael Fysh.SG-11011018-037MF
Villagers remember during the Battle's Over commemoration at Glen Park, Surfleet.Photo by Michael Fysh.SG-11011018-037MF

Then in the evening, a commemorative beacon was lit at Glen Park as part of the nationwide "Battle's Over" tributes to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice in November 1918.

The bells of St Laurence's also rang out for the fallen of World War I, along with the four casualties from Surfleet during World War II whose names are on a memorial inside the church.

Douglas Drakard, an authorised local minister and churchwarden at St Laurence's, said: "I led the church service in the morning when we had the Royal British Legion's county chairman, Tony Goodwin, who read the role of honour and homage to the fallen.

"There was a pretty good attendance and Des Curtis carried the Royal British Legion standard.

"In the evening, a poem was read by Mr Goodwin, I read the role of honour and Katy Jeffrey played the Last Post on a bugle."

Katy said: "It was an honour to contribute to the village Remembrance events as I've had family and close friends who were in the military.

"I felt this was a way to play my part in remembering and thanking service men and women so playing the Last Post has been an annual occasion for me for over 15 years now.

"Also, I think the events on Sunday were important for the village."


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