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Ex-servicemen's emotional day at Ypres; YOUR nostalgia.

A DELEGATION of ex-servicemen from Coventry stood guard at the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, Belgium.

A 50-strong coachload from the Coventry Standard Bearers Association, the Coventry REME Association and the Coventry Airborne Association went on a four-day tour of the First World War battlefields at Beaumont Hamel in northern France.

Their visit included an emotional ceremony at the playing of the Last Post at the Menin Gate during which seven standard bearers stood to attention.

Among them was Geoff Wells, secretary of the Standard Bearers Association, who said it was an occasion he will never forget.

He said: "We were there to represent the people of Coventry.

"It was an emotional time for me, in fact it was the most traumatic in all my years as a standard bearer.

"We were surrounded by the 75,000 names of lost soldiers who had died without a grave.

"It was all so extremely sad. Everyone who was on the trip is keen to go back."

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SOMBRE MOMENT: Ex-servicemen from Coventry stand guard at the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, Belgium, during the Last Post
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Sep 6, 2010
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