Candle commemoration to mark War’s centenary

Amber Valley Borough Councillors, Town Mayors and representatives of the local branches of the Royal British Legion joined together in Ripley Town Hall on Monday to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, with a simple ceremony.

The ‘Single Commemorative Act’ also coincided with Commonwealth Day for which the Commonwealth Flag was raised and the continuing success of the Commonwealth publicly acknowledged.

Vicar of All Saints Church, Ripley, Rev John Wigram, said a short prayer before The Mayor, Cllr John Walker, confirmed the flag raising and read a message from Her Majesty The Queen, and Julian Townsend - Executive Director (Operations) read out a message from the Commonwealth Secretary-General. There then followed a short introduction from Council Leader, Cllr Paul Jones in which he outlined the reason for the Single Commemorative Act.

He explained that four candles, which had previously been lit, would be extinguished to represent the feeling of darkness that fell over Europe 100 years ago. The first candle would then be re-lit and would remain alight for the coming 12 months as a reminder of the sacrifices made during the past 100 years, through conflicts in which this country has been involved, and as a symbol of hope.

The Single Commemorative Act will be repeated each year on Commonwealth Day until 2018. Next year two candles will be lit, three in 2017 and four in 2018.

Single Comm Act

Pictured – From left, Leader of the Council - Cllr Paul Jones, Rev John Wigram, Mayoress – Mrs Angela Walker, Executive Director (Operations) – Julian Townsend, Mayor - Cllr John Walker, Deputy Leader of the Council - Cllr Chris Emmas-Williams.

Flag Raising

Pictured – Guests at the Commonwealth Day Flag Raising, and Single Commemorative Act.

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