Bigger crowds expected at Remembrance Day Service

The Rev John Bennett, who  will lead Sunday's service in Spalding.
The Rev John Bennett, who will lead Sunday's service in Spalding.

More people than ever are expected to turn out for Spalding’s Remembrance Sunday Service which this year falls on Armistice Day, November 11.

The Rev John Bennett, Vicar of St Mary and St Nicolas, said numbers have been growing due to modern day conflicts and, for some, the grief is both recent and raw.

He says everyone knows someone who has been involved in conflicts in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Mr Bennett said: “Every week the list of those seriously injured or killed grows and Remembrance Sunday gives us all a chance to stand in solidarity not only with the veterans of the world wars and their families, but those whose sadness and grief is recent and raw.”

The service starts just before 11am in Ayscoughfee Gardens.

Members of the public will be able to lay their own poppy crosses.

Wreaths will be laid by MP John Hayes, South Holland District Council chairman Coun Mick Seymour and ex-service organisations including The Royal British Legion.