haunting strains of the Last Post drifted eerily across our
village green as over 60 villagers stood silently by the war
memorial remembering those killed or injured in conflict. The two
minutes of silent reflection ended with the sounding of Reveille
and soon the assembled throng snaked into our church for a
celebration to mark the end of the First World War.
Marna Perrigo the Chairman of
our Parish Council had laid a wreath on behalf of everyone in the
parish and villagers dotted around the assembled crowd read out
the names of those from this village who had been killed in action
during both world wars.
Later in the gloaming outside
the church as night set in Abthorpe people took part in the whole
nation’s tribute to the ending of The Great War. The Last Post
and Reveille were played again, a beacon of light was lit whilst
the church and other bells rang out for peace. Inside our church a
Toast for Peace in the whole world was proposed. Let us pray that
some time our wish will become a reality.