Sark’s Remembrance events began at the beginning of the month when the island’s children began selling poppies door-to-door, helping to raise over six hundred pounds. On Friday 9th November they created the Tide of Remembrance, placing 18 crosses around the war memorial, each one commemorating a Sark man lost in the World Wars, while John Hunt paraded the Legion Standard. (Thanks to Lydia Bourne for this photograph) On Sunday 11th the Service of Remembrance began with a parade of ex-service men and women and members of the island’s emergency services who marched from the old island hall to St Peter’s Church where the choir and congregation were waiting for them around the war memorial. On the stroke of 11 bugle man Matthew Bourgaize from the Guernsey Sea Cadet Core played the Last Post which introduced the two minutes silence. This was followed by Seneschal Reg Guille reading the names of those men from who gave their lives in the two World Wars and the laying of wreaths on the memorial. The service then continued inside led by Pastor Karen Le Mouton with readings and prayers by Seigneur Michael Beaumont, Helen Plummer, John Perrin and Terry Archer. Matthew Bourgaize joined organist Kevin Adams in accompanying the hymns.
Photos by Sue Daly, clockwise from top left …
Sark children at the war memorial (by Lydia Bourne)
The parade arrives
Matthew Borgazie sounds the Last Post
Sark’s war memorial
Mr Beaumont lays the first wreath
Two minutes silence