High turnout at Caistor Remembrance
More than 300 people from different denominations assembled at Caistor Parish Church earlier today (Sunday, November 8, 2015) for a Service of Remembrance for those killed in war.
Different groups, including representatives of Caistor Town Council, the Army Cadets, Caistor and District Lions and LIVES, plus children from various Scout and Guide groups, assembled first in the Market Place and took part in a Remembrance Parade to the church.
It was standing room only for many at the church due to the large numbers attending.
The service was jointly conducted by the Rev Canon Ian Robinson and the recently appointed Methodist Minister, the Rev Sarah Parkin. It contained a reading from the Gospel of John that included the quotation: “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” Addressing the congregation, Ms Parkin stressed the need for all to love each other.
A collection was taken in aid of the Royal British Legion.
The service ended with The National Anthem.
Hundreds turned out in cold winds to hear the playing of The Last Post and the reading of the names at the War Memorial. Some of those attending were descendants of those killed in the two World Wars, including Roland Briggs of Scunthorpe, who was born in Caistor in Canada Lane. His mother’s maiden name was Frances May Suddaby, though she was often known as May, he said. (Mr Briggs is pictured above – top left – outside Caistor Post Office before the parade.)
During the reading of the names, there was a reminder of other events away from Acts of Remembrance, with the sounds of emergency sirens nearby.
The gusty weather caused some of the wreaths to be blown about in the wind – a poignant metaphor on the fragility of life.
The wreaths have since been tied down around the Memorial.