Current and former residents of Fazeley joined local dignitaries yesterday to remember the outbreak of World War 1 and those for fought and died for this country.
Town Mayor, Cllr Debbie James, led the service of remembrance in Fazeley’s Town Square. During the service, her husband, Cllr Andrew James, read a poem titled the War to End All Wars and Christopher Pincher MP paid tribute to those who fought in the war and mentioned Frederick Stokes, who is named on Fazeley’s war memorial and was the subject of a recent campaign to find his relatives.
Chairman of Tamworth’s Royal British Legion and former Mayor of Tamworth, Kenneth Gant, gave the exhortation prior to the last post and minutes silence and Rev Roberts of St Paul’s church, Fazeley, led the congregation in prayer and contemplation.
A wreath of remembrance was laid by Cllr James’ daughter Kirsty and grandson Tyler on behalf of the Town Council. Mr Pincher then joined Cllr Ken Humphreys, the Vice Chairman of Lichfield District Council, in laying a wreath and other items of remembrance were laid by members of the public who were at the ceremony.
After the service Cllr James said, “It was an honour to lead Fazeley in remembering those who fought for our country in the First World War and it was pleasing for so many residents to join us at the Town’s war memorial. I was especially touched when, at 11am, the clouds parted and the sun shone down on the service.”
Cllr James also laid a wreath of remembrance by the Fazeley tree at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas on Sunday.