Martin Clunes to lead special Remembrance celebration

Martin Clunes to lead special Remembrance celebration

Published by Maria Greenwood at 11:38am 1st November 2019. (Updated at 11:42am 1st November 2019)

Martin Clunes will be leading a Remembrance celebration with a difference next weekend.

The actor and Dorset resident will be honouring the 8 million horses and one million dogs who served in the First World War.

What's called a Purple Poppy Celebration is being held at Brewery Square in Dorchester on Remembrance Sunday at 3pm.

There will be a two-minute silence and readings and the chance to support working dogs and horses through two local charities - TheHorseCourse and Pawsome Pensions. 

Volunteers have been busy all year knitting purple poppies to sell at the event and in local shops.

knitted purple poppies

TheHorseCourse CEO Harriet Laurie from Askerswell said: 

"My dear mum recruited a small army of knitters and crocheters. 

purple poppy celebration dray horses brewery square

"They have made a collar for the bronze horse in Dorchester covered in purple poppies to commemorate the horses and dogs who died in service."

Horses working at the mental health charity, TheHorseCourse, help troubled people from the age of 8 upwards improve their mental health when talking therapies aren't working. 

The other charity Pawsome Pensions provides financial assistance for the welfare of dogs retired from the Police and Fire Services of Dorset, Devon and Cornwall.

The charity raises money to help pay for veterinary bills for the retired working dogs.

Martin Clunes has been a patron of TheHorseCourse from its beginnings helping prisoners at Portland Young Offenders Institute.

Martin Clunes with dog