Local communities join together to mark centenary of end of World War I

Date Added 15 November 2018

All ages from the local communities in Priors Hall and Weldon joined together to celebrate 100 years since the end of World War 1 and remember all those who have given their lives in service to their country.


The day started with the laying of wreaths at Weldon War Memorial followed by a poignant service at St Mary’s Church.  Standard bearers were Des Wallington, Chair of the Weldon branch of the Royal British Legion and branch member Roger Lewis.  Des’s daughter, Emmeline played the Last Post.


After the remembrance service the village hall opened its doors to the local community, who dined on trench-style food, as well as tea and cake.  There were also a variety of activities provided for all ages to enjoy, including children’s activities, ukulele player Sara Spade, a military vehicle display and the parish's very own replica Mark IV tank. 


The tank, which was given pride of place on Weldon village green, has moving turrets and space for six people inside.  It was built by Dick Priem, Vice Chair of Weldon Parish Council and member of Royal British Legion, drawing on his extensive experience as a technical illustrator and engineer.


At the end of the event, the day ended with a candlelit procession mustered at Weldon's Cricket Club and moving to the village green where a beacon was lit.


Becky O’Brien from Urban&Civic said: “It was great to see the local communities, of all ages, get together to mark this important event - to remember the past, commemorate the loss of all those involved in war and renew our desire for peace.  This was particularly poignant for two of our team at Priors Hall Park, who are ex-servicemen and helped create a memorial garden to mark the occasion.”