Saluting our fallen heroes

Hucknall Remembrance Service
Hucknall Remembrance Service

A LARGE congregation bowed their heads and observed an impeccable silence as Hucknall came together to salute its war dead on Remembrance Sunday.

Hundreds took part in a parade from the parish church before gathering together at the cenotaph at the heart of Titchfield Park in the town.

A service was performed by Hucknall’s rector, the Rev Kathryn Herrod, who took charge of the event for the first time. The theme of her speech was why we should never forget those who have given their lives in service.

Two minutes’ silence was held at 11 am and then dignitaries and representatives of military organisations laid wreaths of poppies — an indelible symbol of the sacrifices made at war — at the foot of the memorial.

Mrs Herrod said: “I think it went very well. There was a huge turnout and people were very respectful. I was hopeful it would be a success and it was. Everything ran smoothly.”

Dignitaries who laid wreaths included Hucknall’s Conservative MP, Mark Spencer,

Forty cadets from the 1803 (Hucknall) Squadron of the Air Training Corps (ATC) took part in the parade to the cenotaph. They were led by Flight Lieutenant James Dodd (commanding officer) and Warrant Officer Ernie Sollis. The banner was carried by Sgt Daniel Hubbard, who was accompanied by Sgt Daniel Jowers and Cpl Ian Carlton.

Sgts Christopher Croot and Thomas Walker joined two Army Cadets to act as four guards at the cenotaph during the Remembrance Sunday service, A wreath was laid by Cadet Ben Cain.

Last year, the service was hit by controversy after trouble with the public-address system and the mis-timing of the all-important silence, which was held in advance of 11 am.

But there were no such troubles this year after organisers, the Hucknall branch of the Royal British Legion, staged dress rehearsals and improved the technology used.