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PEOPLE packed into the Fisherman’s Church in Javea Port for a moving Remembrance Sunday Service and to pay tribute to the sacrifices made by the Armed Forces in two World Wars and more recent conflicts.

Poppies were worn with pride and as 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of women being able to enlist in the military services; and a wreath was laid on behalf of the Wrens.

Organised by the Javea Branch of the Royal British Legion, the “emotional” service was taken by Father Marcus Ronchetti of the Costa Blanca Anglican Chaplaincy.

The Laude Lady Elizabeth School Choir sang two songs, including John Lennon’s Imagine, during the service.

Lady Elizabeth School choristers

Hand sewn felt poppies, made by youngsters taught the craft by Lea Bragagnini at the Sew Vintage charity shop in Javea, and put onto a ‘Poppy Board’ with the words ‘Lest We Forget’ was also presented during the service.

Roger Dawes. President of the Legion’s Javea Branch, said: “Once again we had a full house at church; it was standing room only.

“As usual Father Marcus did us proud and the Lady Elizabeth School Choir was absolutely wonderful,” he said. “The choir featured a lot of soloists who went up to the microphone and sang their hearts out; it brought tears to people’s eyes.”

He said the youngsters of sewing group had made their own poppies and pinned them to the board with their names.

“Their teacher Lea said she had explained the meaning of the poppy and about the army, navy and air force and the kids volunteered to do it – that was wonderful too and brought tears to my eyes,” said Roger.

He said the children also made a donation to the Poppy Appeal of more than €101, while a church collection and a share of a collection from a Moraira church on Armistice Day added €874.

Poppy seller Jan Markwick
Lea Bragagnini with the children’s Poppy Board
Wrens Karen Blair (left) and Julie Keene
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