VIDEO: Remembrance Day sees Worksop fall silent to honour town's war dead

Hundreds gathered to honour Worksop's fallen soliders during a moving service for Remembrance Sunday.

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 13th November 2016, 5:53 pm
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 4:24 pm
The parade makes its way to Worksop war memorial.
The parade makes its way to Worksop war memorial.

Residents, councillors, cadets and young children joined this year’s procession, which began in front of the town hall at 10.10am under the direction of the Parade Marshall.

The parade, which also included representatives from Nottinghamshire Police and St. John’s Ambulance, then made its way to the war memorial for an Act of Remembrance by Father Nicholas Spicer along with the laying of the wreaths.

Father Spicer urged residents to remember the sacrifices made by the town’s war dead, and remarked that Worksop should feel especially proud that “so many young people” had turned out to pay their respects.

The parade makes its way to Worksop war memorial.

The winter sun shone down on the crowd which fell silent as the Priory Church clock struck 11, and veterans could be seen drying their eyes as the last post was then played by the Worksop Miners’ Welfare Band.

Bassetlaw District Council leader Simon Greaves, Bassetlaw MP John Mann and representatives from the Royal British Legion were among the figures who placed poppy wreaths at the war memorial and bowed in tribute to the town’s fallen.

The parade then proceeded to the Priory Church where the Standards were presented.

Ray Fielding, secretary of the Royal British Legion Worksop branch, said the RBL were “delighted” with this year’s turnout.

Crowds gather and wait for the parade to begin in Old Market Square.

He said: “The service was well-attended and excellently organised by Bassetlaw District Council- we couldn’t have asked for a better service.

“What was particularly impressive was the amount of young people who attended this year, including schoolchildren from St Augustine’s and Priory C of E schools in their uniforms.

“The Royal British Legion is the custodians of Remembrance, and new generations coming together to honour our fallen soliders is a wonderful thing to see.”

Mr Fielding said the RBL would now commence counting the proceeds from 2016’s Worksop Poppy Appeal, which is thought to have raised in excess of £30,000 for the charity.

The parade is inspected by William Parente (centre) deputy lieutenant for Nottinghamshire.
The parade makes its way to Worksop war memorial.
Crowds gather and wait for the parade to begin in Old Market Square.
The parade is inspected by William Parente (centre) deputy lieutenant for Nottinghamshire.