The Somerset Guardian, 14th November 2018
Last Sunday, I was honoured to attend three events for this most important Remembrance Sunday marking the Centenary of the end of the First World War.
The first service I attended was Mass in the Catholic Church in Chew Magna, the Sacred Heart, where there was a wonderful commemoration at the back of the Church of those who had served from the surrounding villages.
The second was the annual parade in Midsomer Norton where I laid a wreath as the Member of Parliament. I thought that it was important to take my four eldest children so they could experience, first-hand, the thanks that was being given to all those who sacrificed their lives. Once the parade had finished we all went to a service in the Church of St. John the Baptist, which was both moving and well-attended and afterwards I had photographs taken with some Police Cadets.
After lunch, I went to the Radstock Methodist Church where I hold some of my surgeries. Once again, the service was poignant and many residents turned out to show their respect for soldiers who fought so bravely to protect our liberties. Following the service there was a two-minute silence at the Radstock War Memorial near the Miners’ Wheel which had been decorated with poppies knitted by a local group whose work I had admired on Saturday morning.
There is a simple dignity in remembering those who lost their lives and I am extremely proud to have been part of all those events, alongside constituents, honouring the fallen.