VIDEO: Mansfield Remembrance Day was best attended in years

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Organisers said Sunday’s Remembrance Day commemorations in Mansfield were the best attended ‘in years’.

Hundreds of serving and ex-service personnel, dignitaries and respectful bystanders attended ceremonies and church services to remember those to have given their lives in battle.

Mansfield Remembrance Service.

Mansfield Remembrance Service.

In Mansfield, the day began with a sombre ceremony at the Civic Centre War Memorial, which involved the laying of poppy wreaths by Mansfield mayor, Kate Allsop and Mansfield MP, Alan Meale.

Representatives from military and civic organisations in the town stopped to honour the millions of fallen heroes.

This was followed by a parade led by standard bearers to St Peter and St Paul’s Church for a service before continuing the parade through the town centre and taking the salute on Regent Street.

Joe Martin, from Mansfield’s branch of the Royal British Legion, poppy appeal organiser and wreath marshall on the day, said: “It went very well, probably one of the best for years despite the weather.

Mansfield Remembrance Service.'Cmd Peter Moore, Mansfield Mayor Kate Allsop and Mansfield MP Alan Meale take the salute in the town centre following a service at St. Peter's.

Mansfield Remembrance Service.'Cmd Peter Moore, Mansfield Mayor Kate Allsop and Mansfield MP Alan Meale take the salute in the town centre following a service at St. Peter's.

“There was a lot of members of the public who attended and the church was packed, there were even some who had to stand at the back.

“Remembrance Day is very important, we get people who say it glorifies war but it doesn’t. It’s an act of remembrance for those who made the ultimate sacrifice.”

Mansfield mayor Kate Allsop added: “It was the biggest parade from the Civic Centre for many years.

“Hundreds of people including cadets and veterans took part in the parade with many lining the streets from the Civic Centre War Memorial on the route to St Peter and St Paul’s Church.

Mansfield Remembrance Service.

Mansfield Remembrance Service.

“It was a fantastic turnout and great to see so much support for past and present members of the Armed Forces in Mansfield.”

Meanwhile, there were further parades and services across the region, including a wreath laying service at Mansfield’s Bellamy Road.

At Mansfield Woodhouse there was a wreath-laying ceremony at the cenotaph followed by a service at St Edmund’s Church, and then a second wreath-laying ceremony at Pleasley Vale Memorial.

At Warsop, a parade assembled at Carr Lane Ex-servicemen’s Club with an act of homage and service at the town’s war memorial at 11am, marking the time the guns fell silent during the First World War.

Other also gathered for a service of Remembrance at St Alban’s Church in Forest Town and parade along Rainworth’s Kirklington Road, before a service at St Jude’s Church.