THE Wistaston Memorial Hall and Community Centre was filled to capacity on Sunday as the village remembered those who made the ultimate sacrifice in two world wars.

A guard of honour was organised by Beavers, Cubs and Scouts from the Wistaston Scout Group, who welcomed parish councillors from Wistaston.

The Service of Remembrance was taken by three local ministers - Rev Mike Turnbull and Rev Ken Sambrook (St Mary’s Church) and Rev Denise Harding (Wells Green Methodist Church).

The impressive poppy arrangement on the stage was displayed by Mrs Elizabeth Russell (Wistaston Flower Club).

The names of the 16 men from Wistaston who perished during the Second World War were respectfully read by Barbara Brereton.

The Wells Green Church choir, led by their musical director Myra Wood, added quality to the music and hymns.

Jack Gresty played ‘The Last Post’ and ‘Reveille’ - his great uncle Radio Officer Derek Aubrey Gresty died at Bari, Italy on 3rd May 1944 aged 24 years.

A wreath was placed at the front of the building by the hall’s President, John Cooke, accompanied by Scout George Edge-Robinson who placed a cross in memory of Lieutenant Commander Roy Berryman Edwards DSO, sent by his daughter Sylvia Hammond, from Kent.

Chairman of Wistaston Parish Council, Cllr John Moore, read In Flanders Fields by Lt Col John McCrae MD, written in 1915.

The hall’s Chairman, John White, paid tribute to one of Wistaston’s sixteen fallen heroes – Lance Sergeant George Powell, Royal Corps of Signals, who died on Monday 27th May 1940, aged 21, during the Dunkirk Evacuation. He lived on Broughton Lane in Wistaston. He is buried in Hazebrouck Communal Cemetery, France.

The collection at the service was £315.67 for the Royal British Legion.