REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY: brave heroes honoured

DIGNITARIES gather at the cenotaph, poppy wreaths in hand, to pay respect to the war dead -- DISPIC NHUD12-2884-7
DIGNITARIES gather at the cenotaph, poppy wreaths in hand, to pay respect to the war dead -- DISPIC NHUD12-2884-7

HUNDREDS of people at Hucknall’s Remembrance Day service paid their respects to 102 heroes who were honoured for the first time at the moving annual ceremony.

The servicemen, who all lost their lives as a result of serving in World War One, are now commemorated on a new plaque which has been placed on the Cenotaph of the town’s Titchfield Park.

A high-profile campaign had been launched by the Hucknall branch of the Royal British Legion to identify the men after it was discovered that, for a reason which has not been explained, their names were missing from the war memorial.

During the service, which attracted what is believed to have been a record turnout, all the names were read out by Corporal Connor Chettle, of Hucknall’s Air Training Corps squadron, and Sergeant Liam Elliott, of the Nottinghamshire Army Cadet Force.

Members of the award-winning Newstead Brass band led a parade from Hucknall Market Place, preceding the service, and band member Kirk Turner played for the Last Post and Reveille.

Layers of wreaths included the Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Hucknall-born Richard Bullock; the chairman of Ashfield District Council, Coun Ken Knight (Lab), of Hucknall; and Coun Mick Murphy, a Hucknall Conservative member of Notts County Council.

In an address, Hucknall rector Canon Kathryn Herrod stressed an ongoing need to foster positive relationships between communities and nations, showing that those who gave their lives had not died in vain.

The Old Basford branch of the Royal British Legion marched along Highbury Road, Bulwell to St Mary’s Church for a wreath-laying ceremony and Two Minutes’ Silence at the war memorial and a service in church.

Members of the Bulwell Legion branch joined in the procession at the point on the road where Bulwell officially starts. The procession was led by Nottinghamshire Police Pipe Band.

The Bulwell Legion branch collected for the Poppy Appeal at the town’s Wilkinson, Tesco and Morrisons superstores. At Morrisons, younger members got together for a 1940s-theme presentation based partly on TV’s ‘Allo Allo’ series.