MORE THAN 75 veterans from the Pershore and District Branch Royal Naval Association (RNA), Royal British Legion and Women’s Section took part in a special service to commemorate the 70th anniversary of VE Day.
The event took place last Friday (May 8) in Pershore Abbey and saw pupils from Abbey Park Middle School pay tribute to all those from the town who served their country during the Second World War.
Girls dressed up as land army and service personnel along with the boys in military uniforms as they told the story of how Pershore’s market gardening and farming helped keep the nation fed during times of rationing.
The veteran guests were delighted to hear the children sing a rousing chorus of ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ during which very enthusiastic flag flying took place, followed by a minutes silence and concluded with the veterans receiving a thunderous round of applause and three cheers from the 200 members of the school.
The event was organised by Honorary secretary Trudy Burge on behalf of Pershore RNA and saw the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Pershore, the Town Clerk, West Mercia Police and Pershore High School attend the service which was led by Canon Richard Etheridge, RNA Chaplain and Rev Mark Jennings.
Prior to the service, a special Pershore VE70 poppy wreath was laid on the town’s War Memorial in Pershore Abbey followed by poppy wreaths from the RNA and Abbey Park Middle School being laid at the Commemorative Stone in reminder of all those who served during both world wars.
Chairman of Pershore RNA, Terry Brimmell said: “Yet again we veterans have had the privilege of attending another superb service with the children of Abbey Park Middle School.
“It was a wonderful event and it brings a lump to our throats to see how sincere and passionate the children are in commemorating those who served their country through two horrific world wars.
“It is our job to help teach the children what the act of remembrance is all about and that it is more than just wearing a poppy.
“I cannot praise these children highly enough because they never fail to give 100 per cent during these services.”