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Armistice Centenary Exhibit

Armistice Centenary Exhibit

Remembrance Sunday this year conincides with the centenary of the signing of the Armistice that ended the First World War.

The Great War, as it was to become known, was also described as being the war to end all wars. It proved to be four years of total devastation. Nearly one million warriors from Britain lost their lives - many of them on the opening day, and in all, more than three million became casualties.

Within St Bride's Church there are a number of war memorials with lists of names of some of those from the printing and newspaper industries who gave their lives in the service of their country. Many people associated with the church today have relatives who were caught up in various ways in that conflict.

We are currently exhibiting a commemorative wall hanging created by members of the congregation in 2014 to mark the centenary of the start of the war. It serves as a sign of gratefulness for those who fought for freedom and shows, in an act of utter simplicity and poignancy, that memories of those dark and evil days will never be forgotten.

Each square forms part of a rectangular display, like a sort of tapestry.

One sees bits of tangled barbed wire, fields of utter chaos, appalling slaughter and wounded soldiers. But the poppies and the doves stand out as beacons of hope and of peace.

These are simple demonstrations of saying thank you to the fallen and each square has been crafted or painted with the utmost feeling and indebtedness.

The result is a moving, evocative commemoration in a church which has seen fun and pathos down the centuries.

The wall hanging will be on display at the West End of St Bride's until Wednesday 20th November. St Bride's holds its annual Remembrance Sunday service on 11th November at 10:50am.

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