Remembrance Service 2018
CELEBRATING THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SIGNING OF THE ARMISTICE ON 11TH NOVEMBER 1918
A series of events were held in the town to mark this very special occasion. Regular knitting sessions were held at St Paul’s to knit poppies. These were used to provide a fall of poppies on the altar, either side of the large poppy made by the Grange Women’s Institute which incorporated 51 individual flowers, each representing one of the local men lost during the two World Wars.
Poppies were also knitted in purple, to make a blanket for ‘Fred’ the horse, commemorating the many animals that were lost in WW1.
Displays were also mounted in church by each class of Grange Primary School, including the nursery who made poppies using the shape of their hands to form the petals.
On Sunday, 11th November, at 2 pm a special Civic Centenary Service was held. The church was full to capacity, with standing room only as over 320 adults and 150 young people came to pay tribute to those who had paid the ultimate sacrifice. All aspects of the community were represented. The service was led by the Rt Revd Nigel McCulloch, former Bishop of Manchester and National Chaplain to the Royal British Legion and the Revd Andrew Norman, curate at St Paul’s. The Union Flag and the standard of the Royal British Legion led the procession of poppy wreaths, banners and colours. The chosen readings were read by various representatives of different organisations in the town, including the head teachers of the primary and secondary schools and the town council. Ministers from the Methodist Church, United Reformed Church and the Roman Catholic Church led the prayers. At the end of the service the congregation were led by Flookburgh Band down to the Ornamental Gardens where the final Act of Remembrance took place around the War Memorial.