Bugler Alexander Hill sounded the Last Post after wreath laying at the Remembrance Sunday service at the High Barnet war memorial at the parish church of St John the Baptist.


Thirty-nine wreaths were laid on behalf of the armed services, Barnet Council and numerous local dignitaries and organisations.

Father Sam Rossiter-Peters, the team vicar, led the service which began with the wreath laying organised by Stephen Lane, President of Barnet St John Ambulance, who has co-ordinated the proceedings on behalf of the borough council for the last 48 years.

The service was preceded by a Remembrance Day parade through the High Street led by the 240 Transport Squadron of the Royal Logistics Corps from their base at the Barnet Army Reserve Centre in St Albans Road.

Accompanying the parade was the band of the Mill Hill Combined Cadet Force whose bugler Alexander Hill performed the Last Post for the third year.

Martin Russell, deputy lieutenant for the London Borough of Barnet, laid the first wreath.

He was followed by Councillor David Longstaff (see above, far right), who laid a wreath on behalf of the Mayor of Barnet; High Barnet Councillor Emma Whysall, who laid a wreath on behalf of the Labour group on the borough council; Theresa Villiers, the Chipping Barnet Conservative MP; and Major Alex Masson, of the Royal Logistics Corps.

Other wreaths were laid by Barnet Police Neighbourhood Inspector Marc Cash and Violet Walker, head teacher at Queen Elizabeth’s Girls’ School.

Among the tributes were wreaths from the licensees, staff and patrons of the Monken Holt, King’s Head, The Mitre, and McDonald’s restaurant.

A Remembrance Sunday service followed the ceremony in the parish church, and it included the ceremonial “turning of the page” of the Barnet Urban District Council Book of Remembrance.

One of the highlights was a contribution from the first female soloist to take part in the annual service: Catherine, a girl chorister since the age of six (and now 19) sang the solo “pie Jesu”.

Catherine, seen above with Father Sam Rossiter-Peters, left, and Gary Cheung, the newly appointed director of music and musical mission, was congratulated on her performance.

At the 6.30pm Remembrance Service the church’s new mixed choir with boys and girls made its first appearance singing Faure Requiem.