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Ashburton Proudly Remembers

Updated: Jul 3, 2022

Ashburton can take considerable pride in the display of support it showed on Remembrance Day.

Standard bearers Nick Laity and Kath Pugh
The Remembrance Ceremony at the memorial - photo by John Germon

The Portreeve, Master Bailiff, Mayor and Deputy Mayor, along with representatives from many other organisations and onlookers, joined representatives from the local branch of the Royal British Legion for a ceremony at the memorial.

Over 60 wreaths were laid by local organisations. Two horses joined the ceremony and a wreath was laid in memory of all animals that gave their lives in WWI. Then, lead by drummers in uniform, attendees processed through the town on their way to the Remembrance Service at St Andrew's Church, between lines of spectators taking photos and waving.

John Nutley the Portreeve read the names of Ashburton residents who lost their lives in the two world wars and Mayor Jenny Giles gave the reading. Chaplain, Fr John Andrews gave a moving sermon recounting very personal experiences and those he remembers - a kind act by a fellow soldier, breaking the news of a husbands death to an army wife, and comrades killed in conflict.



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