In addition to the laying of wreaths one or two small speeches will be made or poems read. Often a poem written by veteran Harry Fellows will be read by his son Mick. At the 2011 Ceremony Mick read They Grow Not Old.
Over the last few years a song from the Great War era has been sung by sisters Rachel and Jennifer Wilbur. In 2011 the song was the well known 'Hanging on the Old Barbed Wire'.
Rachel and Jennifer Wilbur singing 'Hanging on the Old Barbed Wire'.
After all the wreaths have been laid the congregation accompanied by the Somme Pipe Band sing the hymn 'Abide With Me'. Since 2006 the first verse has been sung solo by Rachel Wilbur, with everyone joining in with the other verses. This format has been repeated every year since then.