October 1st, 2016

City falls silent in tribute to Great War’s fallen heroes

Updated: 4:45 pm, May 07, 2015

A MOVING tribute to the millions of people who gave their lives for their country took place in War Memorial Park.

City figures joined with ex-servicemen and local residents for a short service on Monday – when the country fell silent to mark 100 years since the start of World War One.

Bishop of Coventry Christopher Cocksworth and Lord Mayor Hazel Noonan made speeches at the memorial while wreaths were laid and the last post played.

Former foreign officer David Skinner, now a city councillor, said it had been a moving service.

“The world seemed to be led into this terrible event almost by accident,” he said.

“There wasn’t adequate communication and people just slid into war.

“The lesson I draw, as a foreign service officer, is that there isn’t just a need for a strong military, but also the need for strong intelligence services to know what may be going to happen and ensure there isn’t a breakdown in communication, which is what led to the start of World War One and paved the way for World War Two.”

Dressed for the occasion. 32.014.012.cov.jm6

Leading Coventry figures took part. 32.014.012.cov.jm8.

Coventry Lord Mayor Coun Hazel Noonan also made a speech on behalf of the council. 32.014.012.cov.jm9

Locals pay their respects. 32.014.012.cov.jm10

Bishop of Coventry Christopher Cocksworth made a moving speech. 32.014.012.cov.jm11

Dozens turned out to pay their respects in Memorial Park. 32.014.012.cov.jm17

Flagbearers proudly stood tall during the ceremony. 32.014.012.cov.jm13

The last post is played. 32.014.012.cov.jm12