Poignant WW1 commemoration service held at Overend Methodist Church

Poignant WW1 commemoration service held at Overend Methodist Church

Poignant WW1 commemoration service held at Overend Methodist Church

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On Sunday night Overend Methodist Church held a community commemoration service.

The names and details of the 133 men from Cradley who gave their life in WW1 were projected on a screen with falling poppies.

Baroness Alicia Kennedy of Cradley and her husband Lord Kennedy of Southwark attended the event with Halesowen and Rowley Regis MP James Morris.

Margaret Bradley, from the church, said: "It was a unique and very personal community remembrance with people of all ages and different nationalities taking part, as the contribution made by Sikhs, South Africans and West Indians was acknowledged.

"People read moving extracts from letters that had been written by their ancestors from the front line."

She added: "Amongst candles that were lit was one by a local Quaker, Hugh Maw, whose father-in-law had been imprisoned because he had a conscientious objection to war."

The Act of Remembrance was led by members of Cradley British Legion and three members of Overend Sunday school, Ryan Hicklin, Ethan Hicklin and Emily Hatfield lit a flame for peace to end the service.

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