Remembering the fallen

November 26 2019

Mangotsfield war memorial adorned with poppy wreaths
YOUNG and old came together at remembrance services in Staple Hill and Mangotsfield to commemorate those who lost their lives during conflict.
Around 2,000 people gathered in Page Park for the annual service led by Major Colin Hylton Jones, of Staple Hill Salvation Army.
Civic dignitaries as well as local politicians and members of the police and fire brigade joined service personnel, Royal British Legion officials, and others in laying wreaths at the cenotaph.
Cadets, and young people from the scouts, cubs, guides and other local organisations joined the parade, led by Staple Hill Salvation Army Band.
Staple Hill and Mangotsfield councillor Ian Boulton said: “The feedback, following a few minor improvements on last year’s event, has been overwhelmingly positive and we are extremely grateful for all the kind comments we have received.  
“We would particularly like to thank our local veterans who joined us and gave us all an opportunity to honour them for their service.”
A further service took place at the nearby Alec Large Park in Mangotsfield led by the Rev Teresa Taylor from St James Church.
After the one minute silence, wreathes were laid by many local groups which included various sections of the Guides, Scouts, plus other youth groups, military associations and by local councillors
Staple Hill and Mangotsfield councillor Michael Bell said: “As always, there was a large attendance. This year was also a  special occasion at it was the 100th anniversary of the Memorial Cross  itself, as it was erected in 1919 in memory of the local men who gave their lives in the Great War of 1914-18.”
A less formal service took place at the Red Lion, led by Clive Heath, chair of Mangotsfield Residents Association.
Sainsbury's Emersons Green held its own in-store service, with the supermarket celebrating 25 years working and raising money for the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal. War grave adopted: Page 69