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Service held at Royal Wootton Bassett's Field of Remembrance

  • 10 November 2013
  • From the section Wiltshire
Royal Wootton Bassett Field of Remembrance at Lydiard Park, Wiltshire
The field of remembrance, in the grounds of Lydiard Park near Swindon, was created in 2010 as a temporary site to honour those killed in Afghanistan
Royal Wootton Bassett Field of Remembrance at Lydiard Park, Wiltshire
During the service, hymns were sung and prayers read before and after the two-minute silence
Royal Wootton Bassett Field of Remembrance at Lydiard Park, Wiltshire
Wooden crosses, each with a dedicated message, were also planted in the walled garden at Lydiard House

A Remembrance Sunday service has been held at Royal Wootton Bassett's Field of Remembrance.

The field, in the grounds of Lydiard Park, near Swindon, was created in 2010 as a temporary site to honour those killed in Afghanistan.

More than 45,000 poppies were planted by veterans and schoolchildren at the site on Friday with a further 30,000 planted in poppy-shaped formations.

Short Acts of Reflection will also be held, each day the garden is open.

Janet Gray, who officiated at the short ceremony, said despite repatriations moving from the town to Carterton in Oxfordshire in 2011 it was still in people's minds.

"The repatriations may have stopped there but it is still very much a local thing," she said.

"The people I have spoken to today are pleased to have the chance to remember.

"It is so important with what is going on in the world today."

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