October 1st, 2016

Bromsgrove falls silent to mark Armistice Day

MORE THAN 250 people, including veterans, representatives of the Royal British Legion and councillors, gathered on Bromsgrove High Street this morning (Wednesday) for the annual Armistice Day service.

After an announcement by Bromsgrove Town Crier Kevin Ward, a short service was given by the vicar of St John’s Church, Rev Ray Khan.

As 11am approached, there was the Last Post, Exhortation and Reveille played by bugler Archie Holder either side of a two-minute silence where you could hear a pin drop.

Bromsgrove’s Royal British Legion chairman Patrick Smith told The Standard: “In previous years, there have been people walking past while the service was going on but not today – that was one of the best observed two-minute silences I have seen in Bromsgrove.

“And the turn-out we have had has been phenomenal.”

Armistice Day is marked at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month to mark the Armistice peace agreement which was signed by the allies and Germany at that time and date in 1918, signalling the end of the First World War.