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75th Anniversary of the end of WWII

At 11am, to remember the end of the war and all who had died, ‘The Last Post’ and the ‘Reveille’ were played by Alison Rich of Abingdon Town Band.
Wreaths were then laid at Abingdon’s War Memorial by the Mayor of Abingdon-on-Thames, Councillor Charlie Berks, and the Chair of Vale of White Horse District Council, Councillor Margaret Crick.

The tenor bell tolled at St Helen’s Church followed by the chime of the tenor at St Nicolas Church, 75 times between them.

Here is a short video of the ceremony and the bells.

Peace Tree and Abingdon Camera Club

Camera Club
The Radio 4 PM program today had a piece about 170 trees at Hiroshima that survived the atom bomb blast 75 years ago today.  Seedlings from those trees have been planted around the world to show there is hope – whatever.

There is a tree in the Abbey Grounds planted by the Abingdon Peace Group ‘in Memory of All Victims of War.’
I met some members of Abingdon Camera club, gathering in the Cattle Market car park. They have been meeting virtually and their first physical meeting was to be in the Abbey Grounds. For Peter, who sometimes sends me pictures, this was his first outing since the start of the lockdown. If he sends me any pictures I will add them to this post.

The clouds were high in the sky, and the air was getting warmer after some cool cloudy days. Tomorrow is predicted to be hot.
Churchyard Cat
Sally sent me this picture of the peace vigil at the war memorial that morning. Peter sent pictures but we have a problem that they got bounced so I will try to find why.

Beacon and Bells round off Armistice Day Centenary in Abingdon

Abingon Act of Rembrance 2018
A beacon on top of the County Hall in Abingdon
Abingon Act of Rembrance 2018
,watched by a small crowd on Abingdon Market Place,

and bells, at the same time, from St Helen’s Church, rounded off this Armistice Day centenary in Abingdon.

The beacon was intended to show the light that came after the darkness of war. More than 800 beacons were lit by councils and communities across the UK.

Abingon-on-Thames Act of Rembrance – 11th November 2018

Abingon Act of Rembrance 2018
Many Abingdon people gathered round the war memorial in the sunshine, and along High Street to await the remembrance day parade. Abingdon Town Band led the parade from a service at St Helen’s Church to the war memorial. The parade included soldiers from Dalton Barracks.
Abingon Act of Rembrance 2018
Uniformed groups, and civic organisations brought wreaths of poppies to lay at the war memorial.

Then at 11 am, one hundred years after the guns of WW1 became silent, Steve Rich read the exhortation “They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old… we will remember them“. Alison Rich of Abingdon Town Band then played the last post (recording above). There followed a two minutes silence (to remember the fallen).
Abingon Act of Rembrance 2018
After Alison Rich sounded the Reveille, the band played and the crowd sang “Oh God our Help in Ages Past” as wreaths were put beside the memorial.

After the end of the ceremony, and after God save the Queen had been sung, civic dignitaries then went ahead to the County Hall to await the march by.
Abingon Act of Rembrance 2018
The Deputy Lord-Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, representing the Queen, (Mrs Felicity Dick), the Mayor of Abingdon-on-Thames (Councillor Margaret Crick), the town’s poppy appeal organiser (Clare Oldfield), and a senior officer from Dalton Barracks took the salute. To their left is 100 year old Ena Mitchell, from the war widows association.
Abingon Act of Rembrance 2018
The march was led by Abingdon Town Band and soldiers from Dalton Barracks,
Abingon Act of Rembrance 2018
It included veterans,
Abingon Act of Rembrance 2018
and uniformed groups and went on and on and on. It is a wonder they all fitted round the war memorial.
Abingon Act of Rembrance 2018
Back at the war memorial people looked at the wreaths,
Abingon Act of Rembrance 2018
and left their own tributes.

The event was very well organised, and people along the High Street could hear what was going on through loud speakers.