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Large crowd pay their respects on Remembrance Sunday

Malvern Editorial 10th Nov, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

SCORES of residents paid their respects to fallen war heroes as Malvern saw one of its biggest attendances for Remembrance Sunday.

A parade led by Malvern Boys’ and Girls Brigade Band marched on to the library forecourt at Graham Road to begin the proceedings this year which had extra significance being the centenary year of the beginning of the First World War.

Rev John Barr from Malvern Priory led the gathered crowd into prayer before Charles Morgan, Deputy to the Lord-Lieutenant of Worcestershire, laid the first wreath.

Numerous dignitaries including Malvern MP Harriett Baldwin and Coun Mike Morgan, district council chairman, followed suit along with members from various societies, organisations and voluntary groups as well as cadets from all three forces and Malvern College’s Combined Cadet Force.

Representatives from Malvern Wells Primary School, The Chase School and Dyson Perrins Church of England Academy also took part in the tradition before buglers played The Last Post to signal the lowering of the standard.

A two-minute silence was impeccably observed by all at the library.

The parade then marched to Great Malvern Priory for a commemoration service before returning to Graham Road where DL Morgan, Surgeon-Commodore Peter Buxton and Deputy Mayor Julian I’Anson closed the day’s proceedings by taking the salute.

John Kimberley from Malvern’s Royal British Legion, said: “The day went very well, we had the usual good turnout and it was pleasing to see so many youngsters there this year.”

Mrs Baldwin was moved by the ceremony and said: “It was tremendously affecting and it is an honour to be asked to help remember the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our way of life.

“It is especially poignant as it is 100 years since the start of the First World War and I hope each of these ceremonies helps all generations to remember those who gave their lives so we can live in freedom today.”

Town Coun Ian Hopwood, chairman of the Remembrance Committee, added: “I’m very pleased with this year’s parade, it was well-organised and very well attended.

“The amount of people, especially young people, both taking part in the parade and attending the service at the War Memorial, was fantastic.”

Coun Hopwood also said the town was proud to welcome Deputy Lieutenant Charles Morgan, Surgeon-Commodore Peter Buxton and Captain Mike Brigham of the Mercian Regiment on the day.

Pictures by Carl Jackson

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