The importance of not forgetting was brought home to a new generation at the annual Barnstaple Childrens Remembrance Service this morning (Friday). Schools from around the town gathered at the war memorial in Rock Park for the popular event, organised by Barnstaple Royal British Legion and Barnstaple Town Council. The service was led by the Reverend David Fletcher and included the traditional two minutes silence and last post plus readings and a hymn from Park School pupils. It was joined by civic dignitaries including Peter Heaton-Jones MP, the Mayor Val Elkins and North Devon Council Leader Des Brailey together with opposition leader Brian Greenslade. At the conclusion of the service, pairs of children from each school laid a wreath on the memorial in honour of the fallen. Andrew Tucker of Barnstaple RBL said the event had gone very well: All the youngsters were well-behaved and were listening, he said. I really think they took on board what it was all about and it also helps with their lessons in school when they cover World War One and World War Two. Braunton RBL standard bearer Peter Sercombe, who will be representing North Devon at the Royal Albert Hall remembrance concert this weekend, added: The Royal British Legion is so proud of all the children who turned up, they did a fantastic job.