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The 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War was marked at St Joseph and St Nicholas, Moorends, by a special Service of Reflection.  Parishioners were joined by members of the local Anglican and Methodist churches.  Music, readings and prayers were chosen to reflect the theme of hope for the future and commitment to peace.

  Stories of soldiers from the area were used to illustrate the despair of families who still did not know of their loved one’s fate at the time of the Armistice, or knew that their loved one would never return.  A lament, ‘Flowers of the Forest’, was played by piper Rebecca Holmes.  Rebecca had played a lament at Thorne War Memorial at 6am on Remembrance Sunday, marking exactly 100 years since the Armistice was signed.

  After the service parishioner, Tony Brookes gave a talk about his research which resulted in two Thorne soldiers having finally been commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, 100 years after their deaths.

  Pictured above: Parish Priest, Fr Santosh Vazhappally, with Rebecca Holmes and members of the congregation.