The slideshow collects photographer Gareth Davies’ photos of the Tenby Poppy Pebble Trail, and a couple from Remembrance Sunday, showing young and old participating.
Uniformed organisations, young people, representatives of the British Legion and members of the community brought painted pebbles to St Mary’s Church as part of the town’s act of commemoration.
A brief service conducted by Rev’d Canon Andrew Grace included poetry readings from representatives of the Guides and Sea Cadets. Those attending then were led from Church by the Mayor to the Garden of Tranquillity in the St. Mary’s grounds. In turn they laid their stones where they will stay and be added to each year.
Once all the stones had been laid, those members of the Town Council laid a final stone which had been painted by Cllr Tom Sloan, who is a contemporary artist.
The trail was the idea of the former Mayor Cllr Sam Skyrme-Blackhall during Covid lockdown in 2021 when gatherings were not allowed. It meant that children who were unable to participate in the normal way were still able to mark the occasion and observe Remembrance Day.
Speaking after Saturday’s ceremony, Cllr Skyrme-Blackhall said “it was a wonderful service and so good to see people of all ages being involved.”
Rev’d Grace, who concluded the event by blessing the stones, said: “This is now an important feature of the Town’s act of Remembrance and I am pleased we have a dedicated space within the Church Grounds.
Mayor of Tenby, Cllr Dai Morgan, thanked all those who had been involved, adding: “This is an excellent way for young people to learn about the importance of this day and for them to play their own special part in the town’s commemorations.
On Remembrance Sunday, piper Graham Phillips led the procession to tenby War Memorial, where wreaths were laid by members of the community, from the young to the old, representing many of the town’s organisations in tribute to those who lost their lives in the two world wars and all conflicts, to ensure our continued freedom.