A new generation has paid tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice as pupils from a dozen Barnstaple schools attended the annual Children s Remembrance Service at Rock Park. Pairs from each school laid poppy wreaths at the base of the Barnstaple W

JERICK Solomon and Jaymie-Lou Phillipotts from Our Lady's School prepare to lay their poppy wreath.

A new generation has paid tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice as pupils from a dozen Barnstaple schools attended the annual Children's Remembrance Service at Rock Park.Pairs from each school laid poppy wreaths at the base of the Barnstaple War Memorial, which bears witness to the many local people who lost their lives in conflicts from the First World War almost up until the present day.Now in its sixth year, the service was instigated by Sylvia Harrison and has attracted more and more local schools since its inception.Sylvia is convalescing after an operation and could not attend but was very keen for it to continue and former teacher Sue Morgan stepped in to help out.The Mayor, Councillor Jeremy Phillips and Mayoress Cllr Val Elkins were in attendance, together with North Devon MP Nick Harvey and Philip Milton, the Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidate.The service was opened by Heather Hauselman, Territorial envoy of the Salvation Army. The Exhortation was read by Ken Hartnoll, president of the Barnstaple Royal British Legion. As the bugler - former Devonshire and Dorset Regiment Bandsman Malcolm Reed - played the last post, the standards were lowered and the traditional silence well observed.