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Westbury comes together to remember

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HUNDREDS of Westbury residents congregated at the war memorial on Sunday 14th November to pay respects to those that have died in conflict since World War One. 

The service was led by the Royal British Legion reverend Rebecca Harris who helped observe the two-minute silence before the mayor, cllr Sheila Kimmins read the Kohima Epitaph. 

Wreath layers were invited forward and included the Westbury Royal British Legion, Westbury Town Council and Wiltshire Council, Matravers School Combined Cadet Force, Westbury Army Cadets, Westbury Brownie and Guides, the Royal British Legion Bikers, Wiltshire Police and more. 

Deputy mayor, Ward Jones said, “It was hugely encouraging that we were able to be together this year when we could only share online last year. It was reassuring to see that the turnout was quite so large, the people of this town really came together to show their collective respect for the fallen. 

“For a small town it was a really impressive turnout and it shows the community spirit that seems to be growing and developing in Westbury.” 

The town council added, “Another really encouraging attendance with an excellent service. The organisation went off really well thanks to Ryan Child’s [the events manager for Westbury Town Council] detailed planning and set-up. Credit where credit is due. Even the church clock played its part by striking the hour as we fell silent.” 

The service was supported by the Trowbridge Youth Band who played the national anthem, while hundreds of supportive residents joined in wholeheartedly.  

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