1407 Attend WWI Vigil
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By John Michael Scott - 1407 (Newton Aycliffe) Squadron
Staff and cadets from 1407 (Newton Aycliffe) Squadron commemorated the centenary of the start of WWI by attending a candle-lit vigil at St Mary Magdalene Church in Trimdon. The ecumenical service was attended by a large congregation including Sedgefield MP, Phil Wilson, British Legion members, DLI representatives, 1407 Squadron ATC, BP Scouts and school children as well as residents of the local communities.
Uniformed members of 1407 lined the aisles of the beautiful, little church, which was lit by 198 tea lights. Each light represented a young life lost in The War from the Trimdon area. Each attendee also held a candle. Four pillar candles had also been lit, representing the four corners of the World. Throughout the service each pillar candle was extinguished in turn as a metaphor for Sir Edward Grey's reaction to the outbreak of war of: "The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime." A final pillar candle was then lit, signifying the ever-present light of Christ. As the church bells struck 11 o' clock all of the other candles were extinguished, the Last Post was sounded and The Fallen were remembered.
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