"Impressive" turnout at Tavistock's Remembrance Sunday service
By PGStrange | Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 11:47
ORGANISERS OF Tavistock's Remembrance Sunday service say there was an "exceptionally good" turnout at this year's event. Although it was cold, fine sunshine helped to swell numbers at Bedford Square. Tavistock's Mayor says she was delighted to see hundreds – especially younger people – paying tribute to those who had fallen, describing Sunday's attendance as "impressive"…
Tavistock's Remembrance Sunday service 2012. The service was led by the The Reverend Michael Brierley of Saint Eustachius’ Parish Church, Tavistock
Tavistock's Remembrance Sunday service 2012. Mrs Anne Johnson, the Mayor of Tavistock Council, was among many hundreds attending the service
Tavistock's Remembrance Sunday service 2012. Fine weather helped to increase this year's attendance in Bedford Square
The parade formed up in Russell Street at 10.45am, before marching along the Plymouth Road to the War Memorial in Bedford Square. The service – with the traditional two-minute silence at 11am – was led by The Reverend Michael Brierley of Saint Eustachius' Parish Church, Tavistock.
Malcolm Christie, Chairman, Tavistock branch of the Royal British Legion, and Standard Bearer, led the parade.
"I thought the service was marvellous, absolutely marvelous," he said. "It's one of the best turn-outs I've ever seen at Tavistock for many a year. The weather helped, of course. In previous years, when the weather hasn't been good, there's always been a good turn-out, but Sunday was exceptionally good. Everybody I've spoken to has been very positive about the whole thing."
"I think it went very well," said Mrs Anne Johnson, the Mayor of Tavistock Town Council. "It was nice to see so many people there, especially so many young people. It's always encouraging when there's a good turnout. It was very impressive today.
"The weather was really nice. It was quite hot in the mayoral robes! The weather does make all the difference on these kind of occasions."
It seemed that the community was pulling together for the event. Did she agree?
"I certainly would. Tavistock is a place where community is very strong, lots of voluntary groups, and they certainly all feel that there's a duty to turn out. A lot of them feel it's a privilege to be able to take part."
At the end of the 45-minute service, the Parade marched from the square, with the crowd clapping loudly.
"I was proud as punch!" said Malcolm. "I was one of the Devon representatives at the Royal British Legion at the Festival of Remembrance two years ago at the Royal Albert Hall, carrying my standard. And that day I was so proud I thought my heart was going to burst. On Sunday, it was equally good. When I march out, and I'm leading the whole contingent and people are clapping, I feel great. It's a good ending to the service."
For more pix of the event, go to: Tavistock Remembrance Sunday 2012