St Mark's Highcliffe

This took place in St Mark’s Parish Church on the Sunday afternoon, in bright but cold weather.

The ceremony was very well attended, with most of the village turning out.

There was a procession with a band, and Highcliffe’s children played an important part too. It was special that three pupils from St Mark’s School recited In Flanders Fields, by Lt Col John McCrae, MD to the silent crowd. See below.

There was tradition, too, a local policeman dressed in the famous policeman’s helmet. Other groups from the whole community played a full, sometimes musical, part.

After the laying of the wreaths, and the two-minute silence, everyone attended a special service in the church.


In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
        In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
        In Flanders fields.