Daily Archives: November 16, 2017

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.