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Coastal towns commemorate 100 years

Mablethorpe War Memorial was lit by Candlelight as residents remembered the fallen during the official 100th anniversary. Photo: Trevor Bradford.

Mablethorpe War Memorial was lit by Candlelight as residents remembered the fallen during the official 100th anniversary. Photo: Trevor Bradford.

 

Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea held separate events as residents in both towns commemorated the 100th anniversary of WW1.

On Sunday afternoon a special memorial service was held at 3pm at Sutton on Sea War Memorial led by Adrian Benjamin, chair of the Sutton on Sea Residents Association and Prebendary Emeritus of St Paul’s Cathedral assisting at St Clement’s Parish Church.

A crowd of more than 200 people attended the after service alongside other members of the clergy, the Mayor and the Mablethorpe and District Royal British Legion.

At the service, Adrian Benjamin, said: “On August 4, 1914, lights began to go out all over Europe.

“Today, because of the courage of a lost generation, a greater light now shines, along our seaside, in our hearts and in our homes.”

Then in Mablethorpe on Monday evening, crowds stood in silence as the local war memorial was lit in candlelight at the exact hour that our country went to war 100 years ago.

Residents both young and old stood together to reflect and remember those who fought and died for our country.

Chairman of the Mablethorpe and District Royal British Legion, Jim McKenna, added: “The Royal British Legion, are the Custodians of Remembrance and the Mablethorpe and District Branch members were pleased to see such a large turnout, encompassing all age groups at the Commemorative Service to mark the 100th Anniversary of the start of the First World War at the Mablethorpe War Memorial on the evening of August 4, 2014.

For those who were unable to join in at any one of the candlelit vigils taking place across the country, they were able to make their own mark of respect in the home by shadowing their homes in darkness and lighting a single candle between 10-11pm.

 

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