Live link to Menin Gate

Last Post at the Mening Gate EMN-150607-090024001
Last Post at the Mening Gate EMN-150607-090024001

Horncastle fire station is believed to be the only one in Lincolnshire taking part in a worldwide event this week.

Since July 2 1928, at Ypres in Belgium a ceremony has been held nightly at the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing.

It is a tribute to the soldiers who are listed as ‘missing’ and lost their lives in World War 1, and at every ceremony, a group of firemen have attended and played the Last Post on bugles.

This Thursday, July 9, marks the 30,000 ceremony and a special tribute has been arranged, to both remember the missing, and pay tribute to the local firemen for their dedication to the ceremony over the last 87 years.

Horncastle Fire Station, together with the local British Legion, has organised to receive the live feed of the ceremony and it is open to all.

People are asked to arrive before 6.30pm, when Fire Service, British Legion and Council representatives will have inputs before the live feed of the 30-minute ceremony onto a large screen begins at 7pm.

Julian Millington, who is co-ordinating the event for the Royal British Legion together with local Fire Chief Alan Maskell, said: “I was lucky enough to be able to visit Ypres and be part of this ceremony last year.

“This is a chance for people who are unable to go to Ypres to be part this moving experience on such a special day.”