Martin Clunes won't now be leading Remembrance service

Martin Clunes won't now be leading Remembrance service

Published by The Wessex FM News Team at 10:42am 7th November 2019.

TV star Martin Clunes has been double booked and can no longer attend the Dorchester event.

A mix-up with dates means Martin Clunes is already committed elsewhere and will now not be leading a Remembrance celebration in Dorchester to honour the eight million horses and one million dogs who served in World War I. 

The Purple Poppy Celebration is still going ahead as planned and Martin says he'll "be there in spirit."

The service starts at 3pm in Brewery Square on Sunday (10th November). 

We're being encouraged to bring our dogs along.

Martin Clunes with dog

As well as honouring the sacrifice animals have made in conflicts around the world, the event is also a chance to support two charities - TheHorseCourse and Pawsome Pensions.

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

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

knitted purple poppies

TheHorseCourse CEO Harriet Laurie from Askerswell said: 

"We are really sorry to let fans of Martin down. It was our mistake that we messed up the dates. Martin is our patron and always more than willing to help us when he can but he can't be in two places at once.

"We are still going ahead with the event and Martin says he'll be there with us in spirit."

purple poppy celebration dray horses brewery square
CEO of TheHorseCourse Harriet Laurie and mum Barbara who recruited the volunteers

Horses working at the mental health charity TheHorseCourse help troubled people from the age of eight 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.