A WINDOW of sunshine prevailed over a glistening Jubilee Square and the many hundreds who gathered there to witness Woking’s moving Service of Remembrance on Sunday.
A profusion of poppies blushed across the blanket of crowds who huddled around the cenotaph in the crisp autumn air to share respect for and reflect on those who had made the ultimate sacrifice in fighting for our freedom.
More than 600 representatives were on parade – from the Armed Forces, the Royal British Leg-ion and veterans to Guides, Scouts Boys’ and Girls’ Brigade, Sea, Air and Army Cadets, Beavers, Cubs and Brownies.
They lined the square in pristine fashion proudly bearing their respective uniforms and standards.
During a thought-provoking service led by ChristChurch Reverend Dr Peter Harwood, tender observances mirrored the occasion. Bill Moore from Woking recited the British Legion’s Exhortation, while the chairman of the town’s Royal Naval Association, Ian Fraser, read the heartfelt Kohima Prayer.
Rajen Chhetri’s address of Poppies Are Forever touched a chord with many, while Woking Youth Council’s Martha Reilly’s rendition of In Flanders Fields tugged firmly at the heartstrings.
Also taking part were Woking MP Jonathan Lord, Mayor Anne Roberts, Deputy Mayor Tony Branagan, British Legion chairman for Bisley, Knaphill and West End Councillor John Kingsbury, Cllr Linda Kemeny, borough chief executive Ray Morgan and his wife Christine, mace bearer Ron Simms, veteran Gurkha Chitra Rana and Commandant of Surrey Army Cadets Colonel Alan Mulder (right), and Imam Hafiz Hashmi of the Shah Jahan Mosque.
Bugler Lance Corporal Urquhart’s Last Post signalled the congregation who rippled to a silence for two minutes in respect for and contemplation of those who gave their lives in combat, and others sacrificing theirs today.
Bisley Ladies’ Choir sang a soulful chorus as wreaths were laid. Mr Lord said: “Woking does this with great dignity. It was an extraordinarily moving service – exceptional. And it was great to see so many people there.
“The event showed Woking community support and spirit at its very best.”