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Last Sunday marked 100 years since the end of hostilities in WW1, when at 11am on the 11th November 1918 the Armistice was signed. Also, on Sunday morning, the Pirates laid a wreath on the Penzance War Memorial at Battery Rocks, Penzance, as did supporters from Bedford Blues.
Included in the Pirates representative group was former player Graham Paul, whose uncle Ben Paul’s name is engraved on the memorial.
In the afternoon, just before the Cornish Pirates versus Bedford Blues match kicked off, PA announcer Phil Westren read a brief poem submitted by Father Shane, Chaplin to the Cornish Pirates team, plus the well-known verse from Laurence Binyon’s poem ‘For the Fallen’:
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Before the minute’s silence, bugler Graham Martin played ‘The Last Post’, and there was also a collection on the day for the Royal British Legion.
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Following the recent passing of former player and keen supporter Colin Kelynack
To start their ‘pre-season’ the Cornish Pirates will next week gather at Centre Parcs Longleat Forest