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Westminster Abbey vigil inspires villagers

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15 August 2014

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From Laura Garnham

Sir, - I write in defence of the Westminster Abbey vigil (Letters, 8 August). The Abbey generously made the material freely available well in advance, and I adapted it to suit our small and rural church for a Lights Out vigil and reflection. I expected two or three people to attend (it is a very small village), but 17 came.

The Revd Leslie Lawrence asks where the ordinary people were. I suggest some of them were in their parish churches, observing the silence, hearing the powerful poems and the thoughtful prayers, and hearing the names of those from the village who died in that war (names that are still in the village, some of them).

Mr Lawrence found the service unsettling. We did, too. I thought that was the point.

LAURA GARNHAM (Reader)
1 Church Road, Wrabness
Manningtree
Essex CO11 2TG

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