Crematorium holds war commemoration

COMMEMORATION: About 80 people, including local dignitaries, attended a commemoration service at Wyre Forest Crematorium and Cemetery.

COMMEMORATION: Alongside the service, the day also featured the dedication of a new Armed Services memorial.

COMMEMORATION: About 80 people attended a commemoration service at Wyre Forest Crematorium and Cemetery led by Rev Alex Vaccaro.

First published in News Kidderminster Shuttle: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

WYRE Forest Crematorium and Cemetery marked the centenary of the First World War by holding a commemoration day.

Beginning with a service in the crematorium's chapel to remember those who lost their lives between 1914 and 1918, the day also featured a dedication of a new Armed Services memorial.

About 80 people attended the service to mark their respects, including members of the Stourport branch of the Royal British Legion, local Scout groups and representatives from Help for Heroes military charity.

Also present were Wyre Forest District Council chairman, Stephen Williams, Mayor of Stourport, councillor Cliff Brewer and Mayor of Kidderminster, councillor Mike Price.

Rev Alex Vaccaro led the service, which included various hymns and readings, joined by Mike Collins, a soloist and guitarist, and Liz Littler, an organist, who both sang.

The dedication of the new Armed Services memorial began with the playing of Last Post followed by a two-minute silence.

Kate Matthews, staff member at the crematorium, said: “The service was poignant and moving and we were pleased to offer the local community the opportunity to reflect on such an important day and to pay their last respects to the fallen.

“We hope it will be the first of many services to take place at our new Armed Service memorial.”

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