Town choir sings at the Menim Gate

The choir of St Mary's Church singing at the Menim Gate
The choir of St Mary's Church singing at the Menim Gate
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St Mary’s Church choir took part in the daily Menim Gate remembrance service when the choir visited Belgium and World War One graves.

The choir members under the direction of choirmaster Peter Tryon sang My Soul There is a Country by Hubert Parry underneath the gate which is inscribed with the names of the fallen.

A wreath was then laid by choir boy Matthew Whittaker and the Rev Malcolm Rogers, vicar of St Mary’s, on behalf of St Edmundsbury Borough Council and St Mary’s Church and choir.

Around 48 choir members, their parents and siblings visited the Tyne Cott cemetery where 11,000 are buried as well as visiting Paschendale and the Hooge Crater. They also sang in cathedrals in St Omer and Brussels.

The Menim Gate ceremony marks the dead of World War One at 8pm every day when traffic is stopped, the Last Post sounded and wreaths laid. On the day the choir visited 23 wreaths were laid from Canada, Scotland and several English schools as well at those from st Mary’s.

The choir’s visit to Ypres was part of their half term trip.