ACTS of Remembrance to honour those brave people who paid the ultimate sacrifice in both world wars and later conflicts are taking place this weekend.

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A series of events will be staged in TAUNTON to mark this year's annual observation of Remembrance.

The Mayor of Taunton, Cllr Sue Lees, will lead the events to allow people to pay their respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the two world wars and later conflicts.

The programme began this morning (Thursday, November 10) with the dedication of the Field of Remembrance in Taunton Minster churchyard, St Mary Magdalene Church.

Tomorrow (Friday, November 11), the Mayor will lead a two-minute silence in Taunton town centre from 10.55am for Armistice Day. The two-minute silent pause is observed at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to mark the end of the First World War.

On Remembrance Sunday (November 13), a service led by the Rev Tobie Osmond, of Taunton Minster, the Rev Simon D’Albertanson, the padre of 40 Commando Royal Marines, and the Rt Rev Dr Michael Beasley, the Bishop of Bath and Wells, will be held at Taunton Minster from 9.30am, which will also be livestreamed via the Minster’s Facebook page.

Following the church service, a parade of veterans, scouts, guides and cadets will march through the town where a civic party will take the salute at 10.30am on the steps of the Old Municipal Buildings in Corporation Street.

The civic party will then process into Vivary Park where the Service of Remembrance and wreath placing ceremony will take place in front of the War Memorial at 11am. This short service will be livestreamed via Somerset West and Taunton Council’s Facebook page.

Temporary road closures will be in place throughout the commemorations.

Members of the public wishing to commemorate Remembrance are welcome to attend the events, as well as purchasing poppies from a temporary poppy shop at Unit 13, Fore Street, Taunton.

At Taunton Brewhouse tomorrow (Friday), Andrew Powell-Thomas, historian and author of The West Country’s Last Line of Defence: Taunton Stop Line, presents a talk on the network of Second World War pillbox defences that form the Taunton Stop Line – 50 miles of around 400 rudimentary structures stretching from the North Somerset coast to Axmouth in Devon – and what still exists of it today.

Meanwhile, the dedication of the Field of Remembrance took place at WELLINGTON Baptist Church, in South Street, on Sunday (November 6).

The service was led by branch chaplain the Rev Sam Griffith.

Town Mayor Cllr Mark Lithgow gave the Exhortation, at which point a recording of the last post was played and the Wellington Branch Standard was dipped by standard bearer Bob Trickey.

The event was concluded with the playing of Reveille and the giving of the Kohima by the Mayor, followed by the laying of wooden crosses by all who wished to do so.

Present at the service were members from Wellington Town Council, members of the RBL Wellington branch and members of the public.

Once Remembrance has concluded, the crosses will be taken from the Field of Remembrance and incinerated.

The ashes will be scattered onto Wellington’s Garden of Remembrance next year.

A branch spokesperson said: “The RBL Wellington branch would like to thank the Rev Sam Griffith for conducting the service and Wellington Baptist Church for helping us each year by the

setting up of the Field of Remembrance at their church and providing refreshments after.”

The Remembrance Day Parade in WIVELISCOMBE will leave The Square at 10.15am and head for St Andrew's Church for the Remembrance service starting at 10.45am.

In SOMERTON, a parade will be leaving the fire station at 9.30am led by Kingsbury Episcopi Band as it proceeds to St Michael and All Angels Church

Following the service, a minute's silence will take place by the town war memorial.