Biggleswade marks Remembrance Sunday

Biggleswade Remembrance 2015. PNL-151011-145029001
Biggleswade Remembrance 2015. PNL-151011-145029001

They came in their many hundreds to pay their respects.

Biggleswade Market Square was packed on Sunday morning as the town saluted those who had given their lives in conflict.

Biggleswade Remembrance 2015. PNL-151011-145018001

Biggleswade Remembrance 2015. PNL-151011-145018001

The turnout for the Remembrance Sunday service was as high as ever.

Initial plans to restrict youngsters from taking part in the march were overturned and the lengthy parade made its way from the station and round into the Market Square.

There the service was led by Rev Andrew Hollins and Rev Guy Scott in the presence of North East Beds MP Alistair Burt and Deputy Lord Lieutenant Robert Lovesey.

A reading was given by Biggleswade Town Mayor Hazel Ramsay followed by the two minutes silence, impeccably observed.

Biggleswade Remembrance 2015. PNL-151011-145040001

Biggleswade Remembrance 2015. PNL-151011-145040001

The roll of honour was then read out by Wendy Smith of the Royal British Legion Biggleswade branch and Commanding Officer Michael Nash of the Air Cadets.

Wreaths were laid by more than 40 groups and individuals including the British Legion, councillors, military organisations, sports clubs, adult groups and uniformed youth groups.

Staff Sergeant Graham Aram of the Royal Artillery read the Kohima Epitaph and the Exhortation was read by George Wilson, president of the town’s Royal British Legion branch.