Hundreds gather for remembrance

Hundreds of people streamed into Reading Minster for the annual Service of Remembrance organised by funeral director A B Walker.

Light shone through the stained glass windows, as young and old gathered together for the moving service which was led by the Bishop of Reading, the Rt Revd Andrew Proud.

Those attending included Richard Bennett, Deputy Lieutenant of the Royal County of Berkshire.

The readings were by Janice Walker, who is the mother of A B Walker Directors Julian and Matthew Walker, and also by Meridian TV’s Mel Bloor. Candles were lit in memory of loved ones who had died.

A B Walker is one of Berkshire’s oldest family businesses and has been supporting bereaved families for nearly 200 years. It is run by the fifth generation of the same family.

Director Julian Walker said: “We know that for many people the funeral is just the start of the emotional journey. Our annual Service of Remembrance is an opportunity for those who have been bereaved to be with others who have also lost a loved one. I hope that those who attended will have gained comfort and inspiration for the coming months.”

The Service of Remembrance is part of the aftercare offered by A B Walker, which also includes the Link Bereavement Care Course.

Anyone in Berkshire and South Oxfordshire who has been bereaved and feels they can benefit can apply to go on a six-week group course.

The Link was set up in partnership with the charity Cruse Bereavement Care and the programme is free of charge.

A B Walker has branches in Reading, Bracknell, Wokingham, Henley-on-Thames, Thatcham, Tilehurst, Caversham and Maidenhead.

Anyone who would like more details about the Link Bereavement Care Group can contact Melissa Walker.

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