Tessa joined dozens of locals attending a wreath-laying ceremony in Axbridge Square marking the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War and organised by Brian Winder from the town’s branch of The Royal British Legion. This was followed by a service led by Rev. Andrew Hemming at St John the Baptist Church, Axbridge and then refreshments in the Town Hall.
In the afternoon, Tessa accompanied many villagers to the War Memorial in Chilcompton, where wreaths were laid after a service at St. Aldhelm’s Church, jointly led by Dom. Boniface Hill, the Rev. Chris North and the Rev. Stephen Burrow. After a ceremony of Remembrance, Tessa spoke to a number of locals including veterans from the Second World War, Jo Vango and Bert Williams.
Tessa knows of 29 separate Remembrance Sunday services which take place in the area she represents as Member of Parliament. She is committed to visiting each and every community for their morning or afternoon services, but as always, is very grateful to those representatives who lay wreaths on her behalf when she cannot be present.
“There seem to be hundreds more poppies on display this year with reports that the Royal British Legion will sell more than 45 million poppies by the end of Armistice Day – a million more than were sold last year.”
“Whilst I would never seek to glorify any conflict, this is a real demonstration of how thankful we are to those thousands of men, some as young as 16, who marched out of our Somerset towns and villages, many of whom paid the ultimate price, losing their lives.”
“Remembering those whose lives were lost and whose families were forever scarred by the violence of war, we can keep them in our thoughts and, hopefully, act to prevent history from repeating itself.”
14th November 2014