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Barnstaple has big plans to remember First World War dead

09:24 10 July 2014


More details announced about series of special remembrance events planned next month.

MORE details have been announced about Barnstaple’s plans to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One.

As revealed by the Gazette in February, Barnstaple Town Council has organised a series of event to mark the historic centenary next month.

Tens of thousands of poppy seeds have been sewn around the town in what is hoped will be a lasting tribute to the events of 1914-1918.

A commemorative event is being held at St Anne’s Art and Community Centre on Saturday, August 2, ahead of a parade and service from Rock Park to the Pannier Market on August 3.

Mayor Val Elkins said: “The First World War still represents the most significant turning point in our recent history and it is right and fitting that we should mark its commencement with a formal act of remembrance.

“I would encourage the town to join us to remember all those who served.”

Sunday’s parade will follow a wreath laying ceremony at the war memorial at 10.45am. The procession will then make its way to the Pannier Market for a drumhead service and act of remembrance at 11.50am conducted by the Bishop of Crediton, the Right Reverend Nick McKinnel.

The service will include performances by North Devon Pipes and Drums; Barnstaple Male Voice Choir; and Barnstaple Youth Marching Band.

Saturday’s free commemorative event at St Anne’s Art and Community Centre will give all ages the chance to learn more about the story of remembrance through music and other activities.

An exhibition will be held to remember the bravery of North Devonians during the First World War.

Choirs, poets or public speakers who wish to be a part of the day can email St Anne’s manager Dion Sears at or phone 01271 373311.

The town council is working in partnership with the Royal British Legion, the Army Benevolent Fund and other local organisations to stage the events.


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