Last week was a time of reflection for many people as the nation remembered the sacrifice of those made 100 years ago as the guns fell silent on the Great War.
Along with many others, I was fortunate to attend a number of WW1 memorial events in St Austell, including a very moving service at Menacuddle Well, a preview of the play - Tommy’s Suitcase, the unveiling of the ‘There but not There’ statue at the library, followed by a good old-fashioned tea dance, and to round it all off services at St Johns and Holy Trinity churches on Remembrance Sunday.
The crowds lining Fore Street for the march from the Priory car park to the Church were phenomenal. This is a time when we all put our differences aside and give thanks to those who fought for our futures and to those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Sadly, WW1 was not the war to end all wars and Europe was dragged into another conflict just over 20 years later.
However, on mainland Europe a lasting peace since has endured since 1945, save for the conflict in Yugoslavia. In a time of great uncertainty for both Europe and the UK let us hope this hard-won peace lasts and that the ultimate sacrifice so many made for our freedom stands forever.