Marching in brilliant sunshine, hundreds of people joined in the annual Remembrance Day procession through Hucknall.
As in previous years, the route was from the Market Place to the Cenotaph on the town’s Titchfield Park for the customary Two Minutes’ Silence.
More than 30 poppy wreaths were laid, including by Hucknall’s Conservative MP, Mark Spencer; Leonie Mathers, the town’s prospective Parliamentary Labour candidate; Coun Ken Knight on behalf of Ashfield District Council; Coun John Wilkinson for Notts County Council; and Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping.
One of the wreaths was laid on behalf of the Mercian Regiment, in which Hucknall solider Paul Sandford was serving when he was killed in action in Afghanistan in 1997.
A big relief for the organisers was that after problems with the tannoy in the last three or four years, the system worked perfectly this time.
Members of Newstead Welfare Band led the procession and a march-past along Park Drive to round off the proceedings.
Paul Newbury was standard bearer for the Hucknall branch of the Royal British Legion.
In an address, Hucknall rector Canon Kathryn Herrod pointed out that 1,800 men from Hucknall fought in World War One and 400 of them died, with many others unable to resume their normal life through being injured or traumatised.
She went on to say:”It would be a mistake to think remembrance is simply about the past. It should always be borne in mind that those who died in the Great War and other conflicts gave their today for our tomorrow.”
A carol service to commemorate the Christmas truce of World War One is set for Saturday 20th December at the cenotaph on Titchfield Park.
Organised by Colin Conway, on behalf of the Churches Together group, the ceremony will see the first verse of Silent Night sung in German as a tribute to the moment when German soldiers instigated the truce on Christmas Eve 1914.
For more information contact Colin on 07890305019.
The Nottinghamshire Police Pipe Band have led Bulwell’s Remembrance Day parade for about ten years and they did the honours once again this year.
Young people’s organisations were well represented in the procession from the car park of Oakleigh Lodge Social Club to St Mary’s Church, where wreaths were laid at the war memorial.
Bugler Kevin Mantle sounded the Last Post and Reveille, after which a piper played a lament. Royal British Legion standard bearers were Cliff Archer (Old Basford branch) and Trevor Johnson (Bulwell branch).
The service in church was conducted by parish priest the Rev Andy Nicolls. In an address, he said that although 2014 marked 100 years since the outbreak of World War One, further conflicts since then had shown that peace was consistently hard to achieve.
The message of remembrance was therefore as vital as ever, he added.
A statue of a soldier made of poppies was on display during the service.
Louise Burfitt-Dons presented a wreath on behalf of the Nottingham Conservatives.
She said: “My grandfather lost part of his leg in WW1, my uncle was killed when the aircraft he was piloting crashed south of Paris on return from a bombing mission and my husband saw active service as a pilot with the RNZAF. I identify personally with all those whose loved ones have made such sacrifices to preserve our liberties and way of life.”
The service at St Mary’s began with a private tribute to 18-year-old Kris Dunn of Squires Avenue, Bulwell, who died last month after a courageous fight against cancer.
Louise said: “He was a member of the Bulwell TA Army Cadets. These young people are special members of the community.”