photos: Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge marks centenary of WW1
in Burnham-On-Sea and
Highbridge have marked the centenary of the First World
War this week with several special events.
(Monday, August 4th) a candlelit vigil was held at St Andrew's
Church to mark the actual date and time of the outbreak of war.
Sunday, a special service was held at the church attended by members
of the Town Council and Burnham and Highbridge's Mayor, Cllr Martin
He planted a
commemorative hawthorn tree alongside 78 mini crosses laid by local people, as pictured here.
78 is so important as it represents the number of those killed
in the First War from Burnham-On-Sea.
Andrew's Church also hosted a special commemoration on Saturday
evening when songs and poems from the time, along with stories
of those who left to go to the 'front', were recited.
One such story recorded a one young man celebrating his birthday
while crossing the English Channel while another recorded the
call-up of Harry Patch - the last 'Tommy'.
Rev Witts told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Some have questioned
why we have been marking the beginning of WW1, and asked why we
are not waiting for a celebration in 2018 of the successful conclusion
of the War. I think it is important not to 'air brush' out the
cost of that victory by ignoring the personal stories and sacrifices
of those from our own community."
added: "What struck me most in all this was the impact on
individual lives. We heard the story this weekend of the death
of Private John Bevan and how he assisted the retreat of the British
line, even at the cost of his own certain death. His body has
never been found and lies somewhere in Flanders field. This story
can be repeated thousands of times over."
The Mayor planting the ceremonial tree in memory of those who
The British Legion's flag bearer during this week ceremony in
Members of Highbridge U3A paid tribute to those who gave their
lives during WW1 by laying a basket of poppies at the War Memorial
in Southwell Gardens