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South Creake’s big day led by Ella, 10

A special picture taken to mark the dedication of the new Memorial Pavilion and the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WW1 ANL-140508-162644001

A special picture taken to mark the dedication of the new Memorial Pavilion and the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WW1 ANL-140508-162644001

Ella Bush, whose great-great-grandfather fought in the First World War, laid a bouquet at South Creake’s war memorial on Sunday.

Some 100 residents attended the event and a special photograph was captured of the occasion.

Ella, 10, was taking part in an afternoon dedicated to all the residents of the village who served in the conflict a century ago.

It began with a service of commemoration in St Mary’s parish church led by Father Clive Wylie, during which he also dedicated eight hassocks, specifically embroidered to mark the occasion.

The congregation then paraded to the war memorial where borough mayor, Barry Ayres, laid a wreath alongside Ella’s during a short act of Remembrance.

The parade, led by the standards of the Burnhams’ branch of the Royal British Legion and South Creake’s Guides and Rangers, continued to the nearly completed Memorial Pavilion on the playing fields where Fr Wylie dedicated this new village amenity which replaces the War memorial Institute in Front Street which itself was dedicated to the memory of those who fought in the Great War back in the 1920s.

Robin Maslin, chairman of the Memorial Pavilion committee, went on to thank Fr Wylie for a “wonderful service and for dedicating the new pavilion”, which is due to be completed by the end of this year.

The ceremonies also marked the opening of an exhibition in the parish church detailing the lives of all those who fought in the war.

It will be open daily, from 10am-5pm until the end of September.

 
 
 

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