BOMFORD Hill in Redditch fell silent last Saturday as people gathered for its second Peace Memorial Service.
The service was led by Reverend Paul Irving, the vicar at St Leonard’s Church in Beoley and included readings from local historian Robin Simmons, Warrant Officer Saheed Khan, Ian Dipple – author of the ‘Redditch Pledge for Peace’ and Redditch Mayor Councillor Roger Bennett.
Wreaths were also laid by Captain Christine Cherry from the 37th Signal Regiment, Graham Penny from the 1st Church Hill Scout Group, a representative from Shirley Sea Cadets, Hayley Price, vice chair of Church Hill big Local and Stewart Slade, a relative of one of the soldiers from the Parish of Beoley who fought in World War One.
Also present were representatives from the Redditch branch of the Royal British Legion and the wider 1st Church Hill Scout Group.
The service was to remember all those who gave their lives for their country, freedom and peace.
The community co-ordinator at Church Big Local, Chris Thomas, said: “We would like to say a big thank you to all those who helped make the service happen and to those who attended.
“We are already beginning planning for next year’s service which will coincide with the 75th anniversary year of VE Day.”
After the service two time capsules at the memorial site.
“Moons Moat First School and Church Hill Middle RSA Academy have worked with us on the project to provide their ideas of what life is like now and their thoughts about what life will be like in the future,” said Chris.
“The aim is that the capsules will be dug up by local children in 25 years time and that they then rebury the capsules with the original contents along with additional material on what they think life will be like in a further 25 years – in 2069 – to keep the project going.”
To see a video of the burying of the time capsule, visit https://youtu.be/MMeH7ZCYgZA .