Big turnout for Exmouth's Remembrance Sunday service
PUBLISHED: 11:00 16 November 2014
The 100th anniversary of the start of World War One gave added poignancy to this year’s Remembrance Sunday services.
There was a big turnout at Exmouth’s Strand for the parade and service. Held in fine weather, around 3,000 people gathered to pay their respects, with wreaths laid by the Mayor of Exmouth, Bill Nash, the chairman of East Devon District Council, Graham Godbeer, and the MP for East Devon, the Right Honourable Hugo Swire. The service was conducted by the Reverend Trevor Smyth.
“It all gelled well on the day,” said David Turner, chairman of the Exmouth branch of the Royal British Legion. “You could feel the immense amount of people that were there, who wanted to be there. They weren’t just passing by. They made a purposeful visit to take part in the service.” The proceedings were enhanced by an improved PA system, clearly conveying the service throughout the square. In addition, the wreath layers were announced.
Smaller services were held at Budleigh Salterton and East Budleigh as well as other villages. “The service went well,” said Glenn Sismore-Hunt, chairman of the Poppy Appeal, Budleigh Salterton. “We had over 100 people at the monument, 38 wreaths laid and the church was full. It was wonderful weather. ”