Every year, Malvern Town Council is honoured to organise Remembrance Commemorations on behalf of the Royal British Legion, in memory of those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom.
Sadly, like so many events this year, it was not possible to hold these commemorations in their usual format due to ongoing restrictions surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, a small wreath laying service was held on Remembrance Sunday at the war memorial in front of the library. This was attended by the Mayor of Malvern, Cllr Neil Morton, who laid a wreath on behalf of Malvern Town, and Anthony Hartley-Woolley, as representative of all the Armed Forces Veterans, past and present. You can watch a video of the wreath-laying on this page.
We were pleased to welcome Jacqueline Tanner, youngest survivor of the Lancastria bombing eighty years ago. The Lancastria was a cruise ship which had been converted to carry troops and was involved in rescuing troops and civilians from the French port of St Nazaire when it was hit by German bombers in June 1940; over 7,000 lives were lost.
A small service on Armistice Day was held at the Priory with the Mayor and Anthony in attendance, along with Dean Clarke, Chairman of Malvern Hills District Council.
We look forward to being able to hold Remembrance Commemorations in full in 2021.
Watch the Armistice Day Service from yesterday filmed in the Priory Church by clicking on the play button to the left.
Watch the Remembrance Service from Sunday morning by clicking on the play button to the right.