Maltby residents unite for World War One anniversary service

Remembrance service marking 100the anniversary of WW1 held at Maltby Cenotaph.

Remembrance service marking 100the anniversary of WW1 held at Maltby Cenotaph.

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Dozens of people united in Maltby for a special service to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One.

The committee of the Maltby branch of the Royal British Legion organised a touching service at the town’s war memorial to remember those who sacrificed and suffered.

The ceremony was one of many events taking place around South Yorkshire to remember the beginning of the war.

About 100 residents of all ages gathered at the top of Maltby Crags for the service on Sunday afternoon.

Among them were war veterans and members of the Royal British Legion, who proudly displayed their medals, and Rother Valley MP, Sir Kevin Barron.

The service was led by Reverend Dhoe Craig-Wild, from St Bartholomew’s Church. Among those that gave readings during the service was Monet Wilson, aged 15.

The teenager has raised thousands of pounds for the Poppy Appeal in Maltby, along with her grandad, George Wilson, and was asked to take part by organisers.

Ian Green, from the Maltby branch of the Royal British Legion, read out all the names of those from the area who had fallen during World War One and Ian Clarke read the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

Members of the congregation were also invited to lay flowers on the war memorial and remember all those who had sacrificed their lives during the conflict.

Ann Dickinson, who helped to organise the service, said: “It was very moving, very touching. The weather was lovely throughout, which was surprising.

“We have had lots of compliments on the service. It was very moving and brought tears to many eyes.

“After the service everyone dispersed to remember in their own way.”

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