YOUNG AND OLD STOP TO RE­MEM­BER

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PEO­PLE across the Cynon Val­ley re­mem­bered the fallen on the cen­te­nary of the end of WWI last week.

Pupils at Blaeng­wawr Pri­mary School made hun­dreds of pop­pies out of plas­tic bot­tles which were dis­played across the school field and on the shel­ter.

Each class had made their own poppy wreath and, as more than 200 pupils stood in si­lence, they placed their wreaths re­spect­fully be­side the pop­pies to hon­our all those who made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice dur­ing the First World War and all the other con­flicts through the years.

The chil­dren had a roll call of ev­ery soldier from Aber­dare who lost their lives in WWI and re­cited Flan­ders Fields, by John McCrae.

Head­teacher Imo­gen Baker said: “This has been an in­cred­i­ble com­mu­nity ef­fort and I am im­mensely proud of the great dig­nity and re­spect shown by all of the chil­dren, some of who are only three years old.

“Nu­mer­ous vis­i­tors and par­ents have come to see the dis­play of pop­pies in our very own field of hon­our.

“I would like to thank ev­ery­one who con­trib­uted to this mem­o­rable event.”

A ser­vice was also held in Moun­tain Ash the Last Post was played by the Hiber­nian Brass Band.

The rain poured down right up to 10.59am be­fore the came out ready for 11am.

The ser­vice was held at St Mar­garets Church fol­lowed by the wreath lay­ing cer­e­mony at the memo­rial at Duf­fryn Woods.

Chil­dren from schools across Moun­tain Ash sang won­der­fully, led by Libby Young.

The Re­mem­brance Day event

Pupils at Blaeng­wawr Pri­mary School made hun­dreds of pop­pies out of plas­tic bot­tles for their Re­mem­brance Day event

at Moun­tain Ash

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