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Observing the silence: Standard bearers in Ayscoughfee Gardens, Spalding. Photo: SG1311-195TW
Observing the silence: Standard bearers in Ayscoughfee Gardens, Spalding. Photo: SG1311-195TW
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THOUSANDS of people turned out in towns and villages across South Holland on Remembrance Sunday to honour the dead from two world wars and conflicts up to the present day.

Spalding had its traditional three services, starting on Armistice Day in the Garden of Remembrance at Springfields, when ex-service organisations were joined by civic leaders and pupils from the Sir John Gleed School in Spalding.

On Saturday there was a service in Spalding Cemetery when poppy wreaths were laid at the war graves there.

Hundreds turned out for the Remembrance Day parade from Market Place to Ayscoughfee Gardens where there was a service and wreath laying ceremony at the war memorial.

The service ended with a moving moment as white doves were released as a symbol of peace.

Spalding Remembrance Day parade marshal Frank White paid tribute to Spalding branch Royal British Legion vice-chairman Wally Tennant and Lincolns veteran Ken Willows for their help in organising the event.

Mr White said many young people took part and it was nice to see them carrying standards alongside the veterans and ex-service standard bearers.

Members of the public filled the gardens.

Mr White said the current conflict in Afghanistan is very much on people’s minds and that is reflected in the numbers attending the parades.

Holbeach had its usual afternoon parade, wreath-laying and service.

Methodist minister the Rev Alan Fiddyment referred to the conflict in Afghanistan during his address and told the congregation: “For years we have been at war with a peacetime mentality but now we are getting the message.”

He also spoke of the importance of remembrance, hope and compassion.