The annual Act of Remembrance in Devonport Park was this year organised by the Friends of Devonport Park and for the first time included a Naval Honour Guard.
The military presence drew a large crowd, and it is estimated about 500 people were there. Next year we will have to plan more carefully what to do when such numbers turn up again, as not everyone was able to lay their poppy at the end, and it was difficult to fit everyone adequately round the memorial. Clearly however it was a significant event to so many people, and a reminder just how many people locally are affected by past and present conflicts. Although there was no explicit gospel message this year, we hope the words of the hymns and the Lord’s prayer, as well as the cross at the top of the memorial, spoke of the comfort that is present in Jesus Christ.