Monday, 15 November 2021
The English Cemetery in Malaga was the scene on Sunday for the annual Remembrance ceremony to honour the fallen.
The ceremony followed a Remembrance service that took place at St George's Church, led by Chaplain Father Louis Darrant. The Sung Eucharist service included prayers, hymns and the giving and receiving of communion to pay respects to all those who sacrificed their lives in conflict.
The congregation then followed the clergy out of the church for the Act of Remembrance at the war graves.
Among the congregation was British expat Charles Betty, 98, who wore a string of medals won by himself and his father, eight in total. He said, "My father's medals are more than 100 years old and are from the First World War."
Wreaths were laid on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen, the Royal British Legion Torremolinos branch and the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) Costa del Sol. The act of wreath-laying was followed by a two-minute silence.
The four graves commemorated were those of Commander Wallace Douglas Stranack, Flying Officer John MacGregor Maughan Patterson, Sergeant Francis William Calladine and Sergeant Albert Arthur Ross.
President of the RAFA Costa del Sol, Graham Would, said, "This service epitomises the fact that remembrance is continuous, it doesn't stop."
Father Louis expressed his delight that the event was back to normal following last year's service which happened at a much reduced capacity due to Covid. He said, "It feels very good to have everyone back to remember how we want to - together."
These sentiments were echoed by the British Consul Charmaine Arbouin, who pointed out that this was her eighth year attending the service and laying a wreath as consul. She said that despite the "lovely service which happened on a beautiful, warm November day in Malaga", she regretted that more elderly people hadn't attended the service due to Covid.
The next event taking place at St George's Church will be the Christmas Fayre on 28 November from 12.30 - 14.30pm, which will include a cake sale, book stall, tombola and activities for children.
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