One hundred years on and we still remember

Garreth Williams of Lincolnshire Masonry stencils names on to the war memorial in Ayscoughfee gardens in Spalding.
Garreth Williams of Lincolnshire Masonry stencils names on to the war memorial in Ayscoughfee gardens in Spalding.
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Crowds gathered at towns and villages in South Holland on Sunday to remember the fallen as part of Remembrance Sunday.

The Holbeach Remembrance parade, featuring the Holbeach Royal British Legion branch, MP for South Holland and the Deepings John Hayes, students from William Stukeley Primary School and University Academy Holbeach, as well as Scouts, Brownies, Rainbows, and Cadets, began at the South Holland Boxing Academy in Fleet Street before wreaths of poppies were laid at the memorial in All Saint’s churchyard, before a service was held in the church.

Spalding remembrance parade'Standards lowered during last post followed by wreath laying ANL-140911-195958009

Spalding remembrance parade'Standards lowered during last post followed by wreath laying ANL-140911-195958009

In Pinchbeck, there was a parade to the war memorial featuring members of the Pinchbeck branch of the Royal British Legion, Rainbows, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts before a service at St Mary’s church.

In Spalding, the parade of veterans and youth organisations marched to the war memorial in Ayscoughfee gardens where 24 “forgotten” names had been added in the week.

A service by Rev John Bennett took place in the gardens where wreaths were laid, a choir sang hymns and doves were released.

On Saturday, John Hayes MP, members of the Spalding branch of the Royal British Legion and the Western Front Association and councillors from South Holland District Council gathered to see the names which had been added to the war memorial in the town. Garreth Williams of Lincolnshire Masonry, had been working throughout the week to stencil the names on to the stone wall in Ayscoughfee gardens.

John Hayes MP said: “It is a fitting time to do this as it is the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War 1.

“There could not be a better time to commemorate these people from our area.”