Great turnout in Stourbridge. Plenty of youngsters,even the tracksuit wearing chavs managed to poppy up and attend. Did give me a glimmer of hope. Only marred by some posh boot old enough to know better who thought it was appropriate to hold a long loud mobile phone conversation during the wreath laying.
Just finished watching the Cenotaph live. 11 Nov is a public holiday here in France and I will be attending the RBL service in Notre Dame de Paris as usual along with a couple of arrsers who are kindly coming to help out.
Great turnout at Tynecastle stadium in Edinburgh , a few fair number of young people
Could have done without the bible bashing from the Salvation Army Major and it seemed that he and the young woman sitting beside me were the only ones singing , but I only attended to remember Britain's war dead - not to get religion stuffed down my throat
Watched the one from Camp Bastion this morning on TV. Then went and took part in service at Loftus, North Yorks. Ist parade in the Britannia pub. Really good turn out and a bi-plane that dropped poppies. The rain managed to stay away.
just got back from paying my respects at the worlds Northernmost Commonwealth war cemetery here in TromsÃ¸, North Norway.
What was really good to see was about half a dozen expats there too, one with kids in tow. Here the tradition is to place candles on the memorial.
Very nice, next year we'll try and make it more formal, get the flags up as there are two flag poles there, and do the old gongs and beret bit. There's at least 3 of us up here that are ex-services, myself and a couple of ex booties so i won't look like the odd man out if it's just me.
What struck me was the efforts of the schools and even nurseries who laid wreaths.
The minister read out some names from WWs 1 and 2 and the five who were killed last week, in that shocking single incident.
Hymn number 709 with the instruction "right hand rhythmically" above the music....I understand it's bad form to laugh in church and this sort of material should not be allowed near a military or ex-military congregation!