On Sunday 11th November, Coleshill came together to remember those who have given their lives in conflicts around the world so that we could live ours today in relative peace and freedom.

The service, coinciding with the 100thanniversary of the signing of the Armistice was the best attended in many years. Hundreds of local people turned up to pay their respects for our towns war hero’s. It is always a moving service, but this year the very personal stories of those who enlisted in World War One, but never returned touched me in a way that figures just can’t. Nick’s sermon and the many readings made the deaths of so many young men extremely personal and perhaps even more tragic.

It’s worth remembering that on the whole, the Parade and service is organised by volunteers. Yes, its coordinated by our fantastic staff at the Town Council but the whole day would not be possible without volunteers, people in our community who spend months working towards Remembrance Sunday. The road marshals, flower arrangers, choir, historians, uniformed groups, band and many others, all give their time for free.

They help make this day possible as does Coleshill’s Sergeant at Arms, Mr Simon Toon, who deserves a special mention as the man who brings this all together. Again as a volunteer. We’re very lucky to have him!

Remembrance Day always reminds me of the community spirit in our town, the coming together of all people regardless of background to a common cause of loss and sadness but also of hope and thankfulness for the sacrifice others have made. The poppy, a symbol of our commitment to never forget, is important and its prominence around the town, on lampposts, the Town Hall and around the Church helps display this to all generations, to all ages, to everyone who passes through our little market town.

If ever there was a reason to be proud of our town, Sunday 11th November 2018 was it and long may it continue in future years to celebrate and remember the sacrifice of so many young men.

The day could always do with more volunteers so if you would like to get involved, email info@coleshilltowncouncil.gov.uk

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