The Reverend Simon Pritchard...
Glancing through the weekend papers recently, I came across an interview with the film director Danny Boyle, you may remember him as the producer of the magnificent opening ceremony for the London Olympics in 2012. The interview focused on Boyle's current project: to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the 1918 Armistice, "Faces of the soldiers who made a one-way journey to fight in the First World War will be drawn into the sand on beaches around Britain in a 'tremulous thank you' gesture". *
Formby will be one of the beaches where, on Armistice Day, a drawing will be made at low tide and washed away by the waves. In the interview Boyle commented that he had thought this project should mark, "a line in the sand, the final goodbye to those who died in the First World War…and that the nation should move on". However, after researching for this project, he changed his mind. "I think we should go on commemorating it. When you make that personal connection…it feels timeless." We have our own personal connections. Perhaps grandfathers who went as soldiers, grandmothers who went to nurse the injured or worked in the munitions factories. Our churches have their Rolls of Honour listing the names of those who served and died. The war graves in our churchyards commemorated with a plaque from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
And our act of Remembrance at the Fingerpost with the British Legion which this year will take place on Sunday 11th November at 11am. The 100 year anniversary of the start of the First World War was marked with a special service in St David's in 2014 when we were joined by our ecumenical brothers and sisters. A service to observe the centenary of the Armistice in 1918 will take place in St David's Church on Sunday 4th November at 3pm and again we will be joined by our ecumenical friends. May I encourage you to come along to this service of readings, poetry and remembrance; poppies will gently fall as we remember the names of those from Haigh and Aspull who gave their lives for our freedom.
With Love In Christ
* The Times Newspaper, Saturday October 6th 2018