The morning of 8th November saw Kent Cricket hold its annual Remembrance Service at the Colin Blythe Memorial at The Spitfire Ground, St. Lawrence.
Players, staff, members and officers from the Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment came together to remember all Kent cricketers who died in the First World War and to mark the 100th Anniversary of Armistice.
Ben Green, Chief Executive Officer, said: “Today’s society always seems to be looking forward more and more as the world continues to innovate and become more reliant on technology, it is even more important that we therefore continue to reflect on our heritage and remember everything that has gone by in History.
“Where we are standing today is a hugely significant part of Kent County Cricket Club and the Spitfire Ground, St. Lawrence itself and our heritage but more importantly testament to people named on the memorial who sacrificed so much to ensure the protection of millions of people back home.
“The Blythe Memorial at this ground continues not to be a shrine to past military conflicts but rather a symbol of the bond between the living members of this Club and the dead.
“We are the current custodians of Kent County Cricket Club and it is important we continue to remember our responsibilities to the future generations of staff, players, members, supporters, sponsors and partners in ensuring that Kent County Cricket Club does its part in paying its appreciation to those who served and to those who fell.
“Going through the motions of Remembrance for a lot of people is a very personal matter and in today’s society, thankfully, we now have very little first-hand experience of war and long may that continue for us all.
“Kent County Cricket Club will always ensure that remembrance at the appropriate time is very much part of the future and continues to reflect on everything that those brave men and women from Kent sacrificed for future generations.”
It is intended that in future, Kent Cricket will hold its Remembrance Service on the 8th of November to mark each anniversary of the death of legendary slow left-arm bowler, Colin Blythe.