The joint West Peckham and Mereworth remembrance service took place at 10am today.
St Lawrence’s church was packed (it was standing room only with over 100 people attending) to remember the dead of all nationalities. There were actually several current or former soldiers at the service and we have people from local families serving in the armed forces overseas so it is a very personal service. And Charles Davis Lucas (the fourth man to be awarded the Victory Cross for bravery in war) is buried in the church graveyard.
The service was led by our local youth groups who read our poems, prayers, took the collection and provided a bugler to play the Last Post at 11.00am. They also provided a very thought-provoking video.
The service was timed to finish just before 11am so that they could lead the congregation to the war memorial outside. The names of those who died in World War One from Mereworth and West Peckham were read out and after the 2 minutes silence, wreaths were laid.