Monthly Archives: November 2017

Remembrance Day Thanks

Please see below an email from Alan Thompson, the Devizes Branch Secretary of the Royal British Legion, to both Devizes Lions and Rotary for their help on Remembrance Sunday.

Hi Jerry & Alan,

May I thank you both, and your members for the brilliant task they carried out in manning the Road Blocks for Remembrance Day. Without this job being done properly, it would have led to huge problems for the Marching personnel.

Please give them my huge appreciation for a job well done. Thank heavens it was dry.

I hope I can call upon your excellent service, as I have in the past, for next year, the 100th Anniversary of the end of WW1.

Kind Regards

Alan R Thomson

Branch Secretary
Devizes RBL

Devizes Service Clubs united in Remembrance and Duty

Remembrance Sunday dawned bright and clear but the chill wind ensured all who attended the Remembrance Day service in St John’s Church and later at the cenotaph, wrapped up warmly!

However, the chill in the air did not deter the crowds who packed into St John’s Church for the hour long service and later filled Long Street, to witness the laying of wreaths. This simple but meaningful ceremony, is a poignant reminder  to all  participants and to those simply watching, of the ultimate sacrifice made by so many in all conflicts since the First World  War.

Devizes Rotary President Alan Martin, joined Devizes Lion’s President Robert Postlethwaite, to lay their club’s  wreaths at the cenotaph.

Lion’s President Robert Postlethwaite (left) joins Devizes Rotary President, Alan Martin in laying their wreaths on Remembrance Sunday

While on duty in Long Street, with her ‘Lion’ companion, Tony, Devizes Rotarian Alison Batchelor stood guard to ensure that the road remained closed to traffic, thus allowing a safe passage to the crowds who gathered at the cenotaph.

Rotarian Alison Batchelor with Lion colleague, Tony, ensured that Long Street remains closed to traffic for the duration of the ceremony.

Elsewhere in Devizes, Rotarians Terry Bazeley and  Iain Wallis stood guard with their ‘Lion’ partners, ensuring that traffic, wishing to pass through the market place and into Long Street was promptly diverted!

This annual day of remembrance is skillfully planned and choreographed by the Devizes Branch of The Royal British Legion.  All credit to them.