Special Remembrance Sunday tribute planned for Melton’s fallen

Service personnel from the Defence Animal Centre (DAC) march to the Memorial Gardens EMN-180829-125950001
Service personnel from the Defence Animal Centre (DAC) march to the Memorial Gardens EMN-180829-125950001
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Relatives of Melton’s First World War fallen are being urged to attend a special tribute to them on the 100th anniversary of the end of the devastating conflict.

The names of all of the hundreds of men who gave their lives - many of them in horrific fighting in the trenches of northern France and Belgium - will be read out at the event on Sunday November 11.

The emotional reading will take place shortly before the Last Post is sounded and a beacon is lit at 7pm in the town’s Play Close, part of a national effort to mark the centenary of the end of the Great War.

Mayor of Melton, Councillor Pru Chandler, will light the beacon, and a short service will be conducted by Melton rector, the Rev Kevin Ashby before the bells ring out at St Mary’s.

The traditional Remembrance Sunday parade will take place in the morning, including the service at the church.

Large poppies will be fixed to lamp posts around the town and life-size silhouettes of ‘Tommies’ will be displayed.