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Falmouth commemorates First World War centenary

By West Briton  |  Posted: August 07, 2014

  • Mayor John Body lays his wreath.

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MILITARY personnel joined councillors and local residents for a service which marked 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War.

Falmouth Mayor John Body laid a white wreath with a single red rose at Kimberley Park on Sunday, joined by the mayor's chaplain Mark Mesley, Truro and Falmouth MP Sarah Newton, councillors and war veterans.

Red poppy wreaths were also laid by Gunnery Officer Olly Hazeldine from HMS Severn and Royal Naval Association's Falmouth chairman Ron Burdekin. Falmouth Community Gospel Choir and Pendennis Brass Band performances then included music from the First World War.

The Royal British Legion Bikers were also at the event to raise funds for the Poppy Appeal.

The civic party then headed to an evening service at King Charles the Martyr Church, organised by Falmouth Churches Together.

Mr Body said: "I was honoured to attend the commemoration services and represent the town. They were fitting events for the town to honour the sacrifice made by so many."

He also thanked David Saunby, who chaired the organising committee for the commemoration events.

"Councillor Saunby has worked tirelessly to ensure that the First World War was appropriately remembered and he should be proud of what he has achieved," he said.

As well as a series of commemorative events, the committee arranged for a 20ft x 12ft image of the painting Time for Thought by local artist George Queen to be displayed on The Moor.

To commemorate the outbreak of the war on Monday, flags throughout the town were flown at half mast while a service at the Cross of Sacrifice at Falmouth Cemetery took place, when the mayor laid another wreath in remembrance.

On Monday Councillor Body also opened A Century Of The Great War exhibition at the Arcs of Fire Gallery on Killigrew Street.

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