Every year since the formation of the City Chorus in 2010, members have supported the Letchworth Branch of the Royal British Legion, at their Act of Remembrance and Commitment Service by the War Memorial in Letchworth Town Centre. Again this year, the weather was sunny but cold- we all took advantage of an area of pavement which was sunlit, but not a particularly good viewing point, and were wrapped up in our red scarves.
The service, with the Salvation Army Band, followed the usual pattern; the hymns ‘O God Our Help In Ages Past’ and ‘Now Thank We All Our God’; The Last Post, Silence, and The Reveille followed by the laying of wreaths by representatives of local organisations. Tony and Marie did the honours for us. After the National Anthem, we made our way to the Free Church for the Town Service of Remembrance.
We had around 40 choristers present. On arrival, while the congregation was settling, we sang ‘Rainy Days and Mondays’. The Revd John Hardaker led the service which included readings and two hymns ‘Praise to the Lord’ and ‘Eternal Father Strong to Save’ and us singing ‘And So It Goes’, finishing off with another rendition of the National Anthem. (followed by the true British tradition of a welcome cup of tea).
NB Tony conducted us today; due to Janet’s illness, Wendy , a friend of Irene,was our pianist. We thank her for stepping ‘into the breach’ and all of us join together in wishing Janet a full and speedy recovery.