Ainsdale War Memorial Service of Dedication (Southport) October 2014
Following the completion of the Ainsdale War Memorial refurbishment, several hundred residents joined the Ainsdale Civic Society for a service to dedicate the new names on the memorial.
The service was conducted by the Rev. Peter Todd representing the Churches Together in Ainsdale who re-dedicated the memorial before the 36 new names were read out by members of the Ainsdale Civic Society and following the laying of a cross by the Royal British Legion, more crosses and wreaths were laid by representatives of other organisations. Following the 2 minutes silence, the poem “Taking a Stand by John Bailey was read by Terry Durrance and children from the local youth groups came forward to lay100 white roses on the memorial
Tony Brough, Chairman of the Society said “The community of Ainsdale has contributed in great measure to enabling the refurbishment of our War Memorial, your enthusiasm and encouragement was truly appreciated and provided us with the momentum to complete the project in this year. This has been a long project which could not have been completed without the support of the local community and it was wonderful that so many Ainsdale residents have turned out on this lovely morning to pay homage to those named on the monument and this service provides a fitting opportunity for each to demonstrate their personal acknowledgement of the sacrifice made by those whose names will now be properly recorded in perpetuity on the refurbished Memorial.
The service was finished with a rousing rendition of “Pack up your Troubles” and concluded with the National Anthem
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