On Friday, the mayor of Farnham Cllr Pat Evans welcomed children from the Farnham Schools’ Confederation for a special service with the Royal British Legion and councillors at Gostrey Meadow war memorial.
The service was opened with a reading of What is remembrance by Farnham’s Royal British Legion vice-chairman Debbie Hunter.
This was followed by a reading of They shall not grow old by Deputy Lieutenant, Brigadier Roger Hood and Weydon School’s Ethan Payne and Lily Karaceylon, and Farnham Heath End’s Callum Willington and Ruby Watts.
The two-minute silence was marked by The Last Post, played by Steve Burgess of Alder Valley Brass – with a reading of The Kohima Epitaph by Ian Hunter.
Original poems were later read by pupils from William Cobbett, St Peter’s Primary and South Farnham School, and the mayor of Farnham read a tribute entitled In Memory contributed by Farnham Heath End School.
Wreaths and crosses were planted by school pupils, veterans, the mayor and other attendees of the service – including representatives for 229 Squadron ATC, the Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment and Farnham Sea Cadets.