November 11, 2016
Photos: Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge fall silent for Armistice Day

Dozens of residents in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge took part in poignant ceremonies to mark Armistice Day and commemorate the anniversary of the end of World War One on Friday (November 11th).

The traditional two-minute silence at 11am marked the time when hostilities ended in 1918.

It was observed in Burnham's Pier Street, pictured here, where the town flag was lowered during a special ceremony, led by Rev Sharon Eldergill.

It was attended by Royal British Legion members and the town's Mayor and Mayoress Michael and Maria Clarke, plus Burnham's MP James Heappey.

The silence, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, represents the moment when all guns stopped at the end of World War I.

Highbridge War Memorial Trustees also held a service of remembrance besides the town's Memorial Garden at Southwell House, conducted by local clergy.

A group of children from Churchfield School attended the service. They arrived early and began by picking up litter and tidying the plant beds then they assembled ready for the service.

Five pupils read poetry about the loss and anguish of those waiting at home and the suffering of the soldiers on the front line.

"The children presented themselves as dignified and mature beyond their years," said Cll Janet Keen. "Their whole presentation was the greatest credit to the school, their families and above all, to themselves. Congratulations to each one and deep thanks just for being there. We are all very proud of you."

Members of the Highbridge War Memorial Trust were also thanked for their hospitality after the service, offering hot soup and drinks.

Pictures: The ceremony in Burnham-On-Sea on Friday (photos Mo Hunt)


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