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Afghanistan fallen among those that region remembers

By This is Somerset  |  Posted: November 10, 2009

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Recent victims of the bloodshed in Afghanistan were numbered among those remembered in the Cheddar Valley on Sunday.

An overcast day hung over the afternoon parade from the Kings of Wessex School to St Andrew's Church in Cheddar as members of probably every community group in the village turned out to show their respects on Remembrance Sunday.

The Rev Sue Rose held her first Remembrance service in Cheddar and spoke about the recent violence in Afghanistan, how everyone had a part to play in the community and that there had been war deaths every year since 1948.

Mrs Rose explained how such tragedies created a ripple effect that spread through the community, affecting everyone from children, grandchildren to great-grandchildren.

After the service the procession – made up by St John's Ambulance, the Royal British Legion, Cubs, Beavers, Scouts, Guides, Rainbows, the police and other organisations – went up to the war memorial cross at the other end of the village to lay wreaths.

Fortunately, this year it remained dry, with the procession being called off last year due to the weather.

Wells MP David Heathcoat-Amory attended the sombre event, along with councillor Jane Moreton, chairwoman of Sedgemoor District Council.

In Axbridge the mayor and her party proceeded from the town hall across the square to St John's Church in the morning, where wreaths were laid on behalf of the town council, the Royal British Legion, the Brownies and Guides. The Rev Tim Hawkins then led the Remembrance service.

He said: "We remembered those who had died in the previous week in Afghanistan and lit candles for them during the service, and marked how important remembrance is in terms of the current climate." The vicar later held services in Shipham and Rowberrow.

The Rev Mike Slade oversaw the laying of wreaths at the memorial plaque at Humphrey Motors in Sandford by youth organisations. The party then took part in a service at the village's methodist church.

Meanwhile in Winscombe, wreaths were being placed at the war memorial at St James the Great Church by various organisations, including retained firefighter Mike Martin on behalf of Winscombe fire brigade.

In Wedmore, about 200 adults and 100 children joined the service at St Mary's Church.

Seventy two small crosses with names were handed out and when the roll call of those who died during World War I and World War II were read, the person with the cross stood up.

The Rev Richard Neill said: "It creates quite an impact. Remembrance Sunday is as important as ever."

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