Remembrance Sunday Skipton 2017
Rotary club remembers those who served
On the 12th of November 2017 Skipton celebrated Remembrance Sunday in its usual way by laying wreaths at the Cenotaph at the roundabout at the top of the Main Street. Our President, Brian Scott, and three fellow Rotarians met just after 10am on Bunkers Hill and assembled, with many others, ready to march to the Cenotaph. About ten to eleven we started to walk along Newmarket Street and up the Main Street and, quite miraculously, we were all in place around the roundabout with a minute to spare. It was surprising to see all the people at both sides of the street and amazing to learn that the attendance increases every year.
The Rector of Holy Trinity Church, Veronica James, welcomed everyone as did the Branch President of the Royal British Legion and the Buglers started playing the Last Post. With perfect timing the church bells chimed 11 o’clock and there was a 2 minute silence followed by the Reveille and the Kohima Epitaph (when you go home, tell them of us and say, for you tomorrow, they gave their today).
The wreaths were then laid around the Cenotaph, commencing with the Royal then the Government followed by many others. All layers were named by organisation and person and culminated in 5 wreaths given by individuals. Brian Stott of the Rotary Club of Skipton and Craven was called and he walked to the Cenotaph, laid the wreath, bowed in acknowledgement and exited into the crowd.
The Rector then prayed and invited everyone into her church for the service. This comprised the Act of Penitence, Intercessions, Act of Commitment, the National Anthem and the Blessing. The service was interspersed with 4 hymns and a sermon and there were contributions from the ministers of the other main churches.
The event was completed with a march from the castle down the Main Street by the band, armed forces, cadets and service representatives with the Mayor in his formal regalia stood on a dais taking the salute.