Crook Chapel remained open for Remembrance Day and was beautifully decorated to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the 1st World War.
Tables and picture boards beset with war-time stories, poems, and memorabilia graced red tables covered with poppies. War time songs were played “There’ll be blue birds over” and “Run Rabbit Run Rabbit Run Run Run” and other favourite songs during the day.
At noon during a service of reflection the congregation listened to music of British composers, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Edward Elgar, heard poems by Wilfred Owen and sang Sir Hubert Parry’s “Jerusalem” and Gustav Holt’s setting of the patriotic song “I vow to thee my country.”
Before the responsorial prayers of commendation Revd Ray Anglesea read letters and poems written by two brave and courageous soldiers from the Durham Light Infantry Regiment. He spoke of the loss of a mother from Barnard Castle whose five sons together with her husband had died during the years of the 1st World War and whose names are inscribed on the War Memorial in the grounds of Barnard Castle. Her sixth son was sent home from the front at the express command of Queen Mary.
In our prayers we prayed for today’s areas of conflict and those who work tirelessly for a more peaceful world. The quiet Armistice Day lunchtime reflections were concluded by the singing of the National Anthem.
Revd Ray Anglesea
St Andrew’s Dawson Street, Crook