Record Attendance at Remembrance Day Service in Andover
8 Nov 2009
The Service at St Mary's
The Service at St Mary's
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The March Past in Eastern Avenue
The March Past in Eastern Avenue
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There was a record attendance at the Service of Remembrance at St Mary's Church in Andover. "With the loss of life in Afghanistan, and with many families in and around the town who are involved in the war there, the numbers attending the Service of Remembrance were higher than I have ever seen."

The Service was taken by The Rev Andrew Ashdown, Team Rector of Knights Enham and Smannell with Enham Alamein, and the address was given by The Rev Mrs Jill Bentall, the Mayor's Chaplain (both shown in picture)the Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire Mark Radcliffe laid the first wreath, followed by the Mayor of Test Valley and the President of the Andover Branch of The Royal British Legion. After the Service, the Mayor and the Deputy Lieutenant took the salute in Eastern Avenue.

In her address, Jill Bentall recalled how one of her grandfathers was killed in the First World War, and the difficulties of life in London after the Second World War. Aircraft from World War 2 flew over St Mary's Garden of Remembrance at 11 o'clock dropping Poppies. "Again this was a very moving Service, and many of those who fought in World War 2 knew just what our Armed Forces are going through in Afghanistan at the moment."
 
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