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Winchester cubs pay tribute to the dead of World War One in Belgium
4:52pm Monday 4th November 2013 in Winchester
WHILE many in Winchester were enjoying firework displays last weekend, 33 young people from the city were in Belgium paying their respects to the fallen of World War One.
Cub scouts as young as eight years old travelled by coach and ferry to the Menin Gate in Ypres, a memorial to British and Commonwealth soldiers who fell with no grave.
Throughout the year at 8pm every day, members of the Last Post Association hold a brief ceremony at the monument which includes the last post and a minute’s silence.
On Saturday November 2 the Cubs and Scouts from the 1st Winchester Scout Group in Weeke were joined by cubs from Compton and Winnall to form a key part of the ceremony. They paraded their flags and formed an unofficial guard of honour for those laying wreaths.
Jacob Choules, aged 10, laid a wreath on behalf of The Cubs and Scouts of Winchester. He was escorted by Harry Barber and Finley Ainsworth, both aged nine.
Assistant District Commissioner for Cub Scouts, Steve Feeney, said he was very proud of the young people who showed such dignity and respect.
Group Scout Leader, Bruce Martin, thanked all leaders and adults who made this event possible particularly organiser Colin Choules.
Members of the Last Post Association shook hands with the wreath party and thanked them for making the journey.
Many members of the public commented on the impact that the young people had made on the ceremony. One veteran said he was very grateful that today's youth can still find the time to remember the sacrifices made almost a hundred years ago.
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