The 75th WJ day weekend


By 2020 Tricia Thomas

Last weekend was the most action packed since I was declared High Sheriff on 20th March, as I attended 3 events.
The short service on Saturday at the War Memorial, to commemorate 75th WJ day was unpublicised so that crowds did not create social distancing concerns. It was strange to be on the inside of this ceremony, listening to the moving words spoken by The Dean of Hereford, the Very Reverend Michael Tavinor, hearing the Bugle playing from High Town and seeing close up, the wreaths being laid. We are being challenged by this pandemic, but we are so fortunate to not be living through a war, or its aftermath.
On Sunday, we attended Hereford Cathedral for a service of thanksgiving for the 75th VJ anniversary. It was beautifully put together by The Reverend Canon Andrew Piper, Precentor of the Cathedral. With only places for 90 people due to SD, the service was a wonderful mix of prayer, choir recordings of hymns and psalms, and readings, both religious and historical. It was a memorable service, if a little odd with us all be-masked in the congregation. Such a shame more people could not share the experience.