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Remembrance 2015

posted 2 Nov 2017, 14:54 by BSS Group-Admin
RIMG0619RIMG0618Preparations for this years Remembrance Ceremony began in October with young volunteers cleaning the War Memorial and with the creation of giant poppies to put up in the WillowBrook Centre and Boots.

The group turned out in force last Sunday to proudly parade to the war memorial at the Willowbrook Centre for this year’s Remembrance ceremony. We were also joined by an equally impressive number of other youth groups – 1st Little Stoke Cubs and Scouts, 1st Bradley Stoke Rainbows, Brownies and Guides, 2nd Stoke Lodge Brownies, the South West Winterguard Academy and Creation Twirlers Majorettes.

As well as our young people, the parade and ceremony were also supported by Parade Marshal Charles Brickley, the Rev.Paul Hinkley , Town Mayor, Roger Avenin and PC Jamie Shiels.

RIMG0621bThe town square held a large audience of proud parents, members of the public and we were especially honoured to welcome our local veterans. Luckily the rain stayed away as some of our young people came up on stage to tell the story of the Battle of Britain – complete with Spitfire sound effects that had some people looking to the skies!

Also entertaining the audience were the exceptional Filton Concert Brass band with a beautiful selection of music and another perfect performance of the Last Post by Joe Marsden. Our thanks also to Ben Walker who timed the two minute silence for us.remembrance

This year the square was decorated with large poppies in the windows around the main Willow brook Centre entrance and the big Boots window that forms the backdrop to the memorial. These were made by our young people, the reception class from the new Bradley Stoke Community School Primary and shoppers that stopped when we were selling poppies for the Royal British Legion. Thank you to Boots for allowing us access and use of their windows.

We could not run our ceremony without the continued help and support from the Willowbrook Centre manager, Andy Wynn and all his staff, so we would like to say a huge thank you to them all.

Thank you to all our young people (and their leaders) who were a real credit to their groups and themselves. 1st Bradley Stoke are very proud to Remember.