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Remembrance : Newark pays tribute to the fallen

The parade leaves London Road carpark led by Royal British Legion biker branch member Nick Saxby, from Balderton. 121117DC1-9
The parade leaves London Road carpark led by Royal British Legion biker branch member Nick Saxby, from Balderton. 121117DC1-9

Hundreds of people packed the street in front of the memorial cross by Newark Parish Church for Remembrance Sunday.

Applause rang out for the veterans and uniformed members of the Armed Forces at its conclusion.

Standards were lowered for an impeccably-observed two minutes of silence either side of the Last Post and Reveille.

Wreaths were laid by, among others, the Mayor of Newark, Mrs Rita Crowe; the Queen's representative, Brigadier Michael Browne, who is Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire; Keith Walker on behalf of the county council; Michal Jenrick, wife of Newark MP Robert Jenrick; and Wilf Garnett, president of the Newark branch of the Royal British Legion.

Rita Crowe, the Mayor of Newark, lays a wreath
Rita Crowe, the Mayor of Newark, lays a wreath

Veterans, Army and Air cadets and Sea Scouts and cadets also laid wreaths, as did the emergency services and first aiders alongside serving members of HM Armed Forces.

Prayers were led by the Priest-in-Charge of Newark Parish Church, the Rev David Pickersgill.

The Act of Homage was read by Wing Commander (rtd) John Rush, chairman of the Newark branch of the legion.

A Squadron (Sherwood Rangers) of the, Royal Yeomanry, 32 (Minden) Battery of the Royal Artillery and RAF College Cranwell were among the serving Armed Forces personnel on parade.

The day began with a parade from the London Road carpark to the cenotaph for the service.

There was then a church service.

Standards on parade. 121117DC1-9
Standards on parade. 121117DC1-9

The parade then reformed on Wilson Street and marched past a dais in Newark Market Place where the salute was taken by Brigadier Browne, Mrs Crowe, Mr Walker, Group Captain Paul McClurg of RAF College Cranwell and Mr Garnett.

Brigadier Browne told the Advertiser: "It's always a very good show here in Newark.

"It's been a very good parade."

There was then a reception in the town where the mayor gave a speech.

In that speech, Mrs Crowe said: "Some years ago a teacher wrote on the blackboard a heading for us to go home and write an essay. It was 'Eleventh Hour, of the Eleventh Day, of the Eleventh Month.'

"To this day I cannot remember what I wrote, but I can remember the star essay being read out to us all, and that sentence has remained in my memory ever since, along with its significance. Armistice Day, the symbolic end to world war one - evolving through the years as Remembrance Day.

"Despite being born in the 40s and my father reminding us each year that he had attended a service at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, I didn’t fully appreciate this until many years later, following various visits to the battlefields of world war one and the beaches and towns from world war two and of course many war graves.

"Seeing the rows upon rows and lists of names on memorials of all those young men, who sacrificed their lives so that we could enjoy the freedom we know, this has certainly led me to take part in this annual service with a greater understanding of its significance.

"Today we don’t just remember those who have paid the ultimate price, we also think about those soldiers who have been wounded, who still suffer the effects of war, and their supporting families.

"The significance of the poppy as a lasting symbol to the fallen was of course realised by John McCrae in his poem 'In Flanders Fields', the words of which have been written in poppies across locations in England, Wales and France for this Year’s Poppy Appeal.

"As next year will commemorate 100 years since world war one ended, it is my intention to join in the 'Ribbon of Poppies' which is an initiative to create a carpet of crimson, from Land's End to John O’Groats, to remember all those killed or wounded during the war.

"I have begun the process, and I am hoping that local schools will help to scatter the seed’s; we will start to scatter the seeds in the very near future, so that they will be in flower from June to October 2018."


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