Remembrance Day parades in Hucknall and Bulwell

504 Air Training Flight Sergeant Mark Day lays a wreath at the market place memorial.
504 Air Training Flight Sergeant Mark Day lays a wreath at the market place memorial.

Hundreds of people braved overcast skies to take part in Remembrance Day parades in Hucknall and Bulwell.

In Hucknall, the route was from St Mary Magdalene Church to Titchfield Park for the customary open-air commemoration service at the Cenotaph, organised by the Hucknall branch of the Royal British Legion.

Dignitaries line up at the memorial before laying their wreaths.

Dignitaries line up at the memorial before laying their wreaths.

This began with a prayer and the names being read of 42 servicemen from Hucknall who died during 1915 in the First World War.

In a short address, the Rector of Hucknall, Canon Kathryn Herrod, said: “Pride and pain are weaved together today. It touches our lives in a powerful and symbolic way.

“Much remembering is now done by computer, which means that human memory can become sluggish. However, I think the world is waking up to the importance of remembrance as part of humanity and communication with one another.”

“We must retain hope that the time will come of no more war across the world, otherwise why should we fight for freedom and truth?”

Cadets Matt Barnes and Josh Manners read out the names of the fallen.

Cadets Matt Barnes and Josh Manners read out the names of the fallen.

The Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Richard Bullock, laid a wreath at the Cenotaph on behalf of the Queen.

Nearly 40 other wreath layers included Sherwood Conservative MP Mark Spencer on behalf of the Government; Coun Keir Morrison (Lab) on behalf of Ashfield District Council; Coun John Wilkinson (Lab) on behalf of Notts County Council; Coun John Wilmott on behalf of Hucknall First Community Forum; and Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping.

The Two Minutes’ Silence took place after the Act of Homage. Members of Newstead Brass Band led the parade and Mathew Hampton played the Last Post and Reveille. Hymns sung during the service were ‘O Valiant Hearts’ and ‘Abide With Me’.

A band from Newhall, near Swadlincote, stepped in at short notice to lead the Bulwell parade from the car park of Oakleigh Lodge Social Club to St Mary’s Church. Wreaths were laid during a ceremony at the war memorial outside the church.

Rev Kathryn Herrod rector of St Mary Magdalene gives her sermon.

Rev Kathryn Herrod rector of St Mary Magdalene gives her sermon.

The service in church was conducted by the Archdeacon of Nottingham, the Venerable Sarah Clark, who said: “It is an honour for me to share remembrance with the people of Bulwell.”

Ceremonies also took place in Hucknall and Bulwell on Wednesday to commemorate signing of the Armistice at 11 am on 11th November, 1918, to mark the end of World War One.

Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire Richard Bullock lays the wreath on behalf of the queen.

Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire Richard Bullock lays the wreath on behalf of the queen.

Scouts at the memorial.

Scouts at the memorial.

MP Mark Spencer laid a wreath.

MP Mark Spencer laid a wreath.

Ashfield councillor Kia Morrison lays the council wreath.

Ashfield councillor Kia Morrison lays the council wreath.

Ashfield councillor Keir Morrison lays the council wreath.

Ashfield councillor Keir Morrison lays the council wreath.

Nottinghamshire crime commissioner Paddy Tipping lays a wreath.

Nottinghamshire crime commissioner Paddy Tipping lays a wreath.

Hucknall RBL ladies sections Betty Tew lays a wreath.

Hucknall RBL ladies sections Betty Tew lays a wreath.