Westbury Show commemorates Remembrance Day

LAST POST: Major Stuart Jones played the Last Post and Reveille at the Westbury Show. Picture: Neil Richardson
LAST POST: Major Stuart Jones played the Last Post and Reveille at the Westbury Show. Picture: Neil Richardson

Apart from the occasional animal noise, there was not a sound to be heard on the vast expanse of the Westbury Showground at 11am on Saturday.

As the clock struck 11, the Westbury show stopped to observe a minute’s of silence for Remembrance Day.

Major Stuart Jones was-hand to play the Last Post and Reveille to bookend the minute’s of silence. 

The Ulverstone-native joined the Army in 1983, and has served on campaigns of Iraq, Afghanistan and and Papua New Guinea.

He said he was “honoured” to have the opportunity to play his bugle at the Westbury Show.

“I’ve always had the opportunity to play the Last Post, and it’s a good opportunity to do something different from the normal army life,” he said.

“It’s particularly important to be able to do this.”

It has been 17 years since the last time the Westbury Show coincided with the day, and Westbury Show president Kevin Lattin said he was thrilled with the respect showed by everyone in attendance.

“I was blown away by the respect the whole crowd gave to it all,” Mr Lattin said.

“Major Stuart Jones gave a magnificent performance and it’s turned into a beautiful day.”