This afternoon I joined the march from the Town Hall to All Saints with the Town Council, St Sebastian’s Band and representatives of local uniformed organisations.
I read the lesson from St John 15. It is a moving passage recording the words of Jesus to his disciples shortly before his arrest. He tells them to abide in his love. He explains that he is the vine and they are the branches, which have to work together to bring forth fruit. It leads on to the famous statement “Greater love have no man than this, that he lays down his life for his friends”. This makes it a text that is often quoted on Remembrance Sunday, as we remember those others who made just such a supreme sacrifice.
We returned to the Town Hall after the service for wreath laying.
I would like to thank the organisers, all those who helped in a variety of capacities, and to all who lined the route or came to the Church.