A service was held at St George’s Anglican Church in Malaga to remember those lost in both world wars and more recent conflicts.
The service on Sunday November 8 was attended by the British Consul, Charmaine Arbouin, members of the RAF Association, the Royal British Legion (RBL) and people from the local community.
The presiding priest was The Reverend Mary Ellen Dolan assisted by The Reverend Doreen Cage. After the church service, the congregation gathered at the military war graves for an Act of Remembrance. The Standard of the Costa del Sol Branch of the RAF Association, carried by Phil Money, led the procession.
Mary Le Corney read the RBL exhortation and the Last Post was played followed by two minutes’ silence. The poem In Flanders Field was read by Derek Brown, RAFA.
Wreath-laying at the war graves began with the British Consul placing one on behalf of the Queen. More wreaths followed representing the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and English Cemetery, the RAF Association, Costa del Sol Branch, the Royal British Legion, the Royal Naval Association (RNA), Almuñecar, the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes and the Royal Navy.
After the wreath-laying Diane Brown, RAFA, read the poem The Victory Emblem. Citations by the RBL, RNA and RAFA were read by Mary Le Corney, Simon Johnson and Ron Sibbett. Reg Haywood read an excerpt from the poem on the Kohima Epitaph:
‘When you go home tell them of us and say, For your tomorrow we gave our today.’
The Act of Remembrance was followed by refreshments served in front of the church. Thanks go to Janice, Lorna and Carole, ladies of the Costa del Sol branch of RAFA, who provided the splendid buffet and to those volunteers who served them. Donations were invited and the proceeds were divided between St George’s Church and the English Cemetery Foundation.