A SCALED-BACK and different Remembrance service took place at the cenotaph, in Barry, today (November 8).

Previous years have seen service veterans, councillors, and youth groups parade from King Square, along Holton Road, to the cenotaph outside the Barry Memorial Hall where hundreds of people traditionally gather to witness the service commemorating those who have served in wars.

Today however, while Wales and the whole of the UK is in some form of lockdown, around 30 people were invited to take part in, and observe, the service and laying of poppy wreaths on the cenotaph.

People largely heeded the advice to mark the day at home, but those who observed did so in a social distanced manner, at a distance.


Barry Town Council and Royal British Legion Remembrance Sunday

Pay your Remembrance Day respects in the Vale of Glamorgan

Huge crowd turns out for Barry Remembrance Sunday procession and service

The event was organised by Barry Town Council in association with the Royal British Legion (RBL), Barry branch.

Father Chris Seaton and RBL, Barry branch chairman, Dave ‘Jimmy’ Green, officiated with Barry Town Council mace bearer, John Voss also in attendance.

A two-minute silence was held at 11am before and after the bugle was sounded by Barry Brass Band member, Sarah Vice.

Wreaths were laid on the cenotaph firstly by South Glamorgan deputy lieutenant, Colin Jones followed by Vale MP, Alun Cairns and Vale MS Jane Hutt.

Other wreaths included the RBL Barry branch, Merchant Navy Association, Barry Town Council chief officer Emily Forbes, Cllr Janice Charles, War Widows, Scouts, Barry Round Table, Barry Police Inspector, Mark Henderson and army personnel.

Prior to the ceremony, Stand Up To Racism in the Vale laid a black poppy wreath on the cenotaph which was added to the wreaths placed during the service.

Meanwhile, residents and staff in College Fields residential care home, in Barry, paid their respects by creating a ‘poppy waterfall’ which spanned three stories of their home.