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Redditch falls silent on Armistice Day - see pictures

Harry Leach 11th Nov, 2019 Updated: 12th Nov, 2019

SCHOOLS, organisations, veterans and the armed forces gathered around the Cenotaph in Plymouth Road this morning to mark Armistice Day.

November 11, 2019 marks 101 years since the end of the First World War.

Rev Lawlor, who led the service, said: “This year we commemorated the D-Day landings, often considered to be the beginning of the end of World War ll.

“Today we are fortunate to live in, what many consider, the best period in human history.

“A best of times gained and defended by the actions of good people through the ages.”

Those who attended the service sang hymns and the national anthem after completing a two-minute silence.

Wreaths were laid by representatives from the Royal British Legion, Sea Cadets, British Armed Forces, community groups and Redditch Borough Council.

Pupils from St Luke’s CE First School, Walkwood C Of E Middle School, The Vaynor First School, Birchensale Middle School and Holyoakes Field First School and Nursery were well-mannered and showed complete respect throughout the service.

Year 8 Head Girl at Birchensale, Cerys Dearman, said: “It was important for us to attend to acknowledge those who fought for our country and helped shape and develop the world we live in today.”

Stu Baker who served in the Royal Navy and now works at Redditch Pure Gym said: “Soldiers lost their lives so that we could have ours.

“Today we recognise and remember the people who have done and still do so much to protect us.”

Leader of the council Matt Dormer added that he was proud of the way Redditch reacted on both November 10 and 11.

“We had a fantastic turnout across the town.”

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