People across the district stop and remember the fallen

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Soldiers, local dignitaries and residents all gathered on Sunday to pay their respects at Bulwell’s Rememberance Day commemorations.

Rev Andy Nicolls, of St Mary’s Church, Bulwell, led the service.

“War costs - and not just to people who fight in them,” he said. “Like stones dropped in a pond, many others are affected as well.”

“St Mary’s supports families of service men and women. We try to help people through the pain of separation for long periods of time when family members are unable to speak to each other.”

Mark Orr, a student at St John’s Theological College, Chilwell, who is seconded to the church, took part in the service.

He formerly served in the Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars and then the King’s Royal Hussars.

Mr Orr said people who suffered through war or lost loved ones as a result of conflicts were left to try and live their lives as best they could.

The service began with the Two Minutes’ Silence, the playing of the Last Post and Reveille and a pipers’ lament, followed by the laying of wreaths at the war memorial outside the church.

A moving section of Mozart’s ‘Requiem’ was played during the service, which was attended by a capacity congregation.

The Old Basford and Bulwell branches of the Royal British Legion were among several organisations represented in a 400-strong parade from Oakleigh Lodge Social Club to the church.

Members of the Bulwell-based Nottinghamshire Army Cadet Force, who had helped with Poppy Appeal collections, also took part in the procession, which was led by the county’s Police Pipe Band.

Hucknall’s parade was as popular as ever with over 1,000 people taking part in the parade and service at the cenotaph.

The parade was requested to muster at Hucknall Market Place at 10.20am. A short ceremony took place at the Memorial to the Royal Air Force Squadron which had been in Hucknall during the Second World War, before the parade set off through the town towards the cenotaph in Titchfield Park.

Led by some members of Newstead Brass Band, the parade included local dignitaries, including the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, followed behind by ex-soldiers, British Legion members, cadets from the Royal Navy, the Royal Air Force, and the army and young uniformed groups.

The Service of Remembrance was conducted by Rev Canon Kathryn Herrod of St Mary Magdalene’s Church. The parade then left Titchfield Park and there was a march past on Park Drive where the Deputy Lord Lieutenant, the Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping and Mark Spencer MP took the salute.

Afterwards, as is customary, everyone present was invited to the Royal British Legion Club for refreshments.