Fast forward to 2011 - the 90th Anniversary of the unveiling. There may not be the swelling crowds of yesteryear but nevertheless this event still has a certain attraction for many cyclists. For me this was my first visit, we arrived at around 11.00am and the Green was covered with bikes and cyclists. The Bulkington Silver Band were playing and the Atherstone Chorale were leading the singing. The welcome was by Mr Peter Wright of St Laurence Church in the Parish of Meriden and Packington and the reading was by Lewis Hall of British Cycling. The address was by The Reverend Canon John Eardley. Hymns were sang and wreaths were placed. A bugler played the last post followed by a one minute silence whereupon the bugle played 'reveille'. Blessings and further prayer were followed by a rousing rendition of the National Anthem and then it was a short ride to the Village Hall for refreshments of tea and home-made cakes.
Here's a video clip to give you an idea....
It was a moving service and it is perhaps worth reflecting that on the 90th anniversary of the unveiling of a memorial to those who lost their lives fighting in the 'Great War', Gary and I will be riding to help raise funds for servicemen and women who are still involved in conflict almost 100 years later.
We rode home through some pretty countryside. The Forest of Arden - absolutely beautiful, simple and peaceful. We managed, somehow to lose our leader - hope you got back okay Norman?. Total mileage for the day 75