Thousands turn out for Remembrance Sunday

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Thousands turned out to pay tribute to the fallen from two world wars, and in later conflicts, at Remembrance Sunday services across South Holland.

Two to three thousand people attended the parade from Spalding Market Place to the war memorial in Spalding’s Ayscoughfee Gardens, where the service was conducted in brilliant sunshine by the Vicar of Spalding, the Rev John Bennett.

South Holland and The Deepings MP John Hayes and civic leaders in the Remembrance Sunday Parade at Holbeach. SG101113-028TW

South Holland and The Deepings MP John Hayes and civic leaders in the Remembrance Sunday Parade at Holbeach. SG101113-028TW

There were prayers for peace and prayers for the safety of those still risking their lives in Afghanistan.

As the hour of 11 approached, bells at St Mary and St Nicolas gave way to the toll of a single bell and the silence began with veterans, civic leaders, MP John Hayes, Army and Air cadets, Scouts, Guides and members of the public honouring those who gave their lives for this country.

The drone of a lone WW2 plane flying overhead was another tribute to the nation’s war dead.

Holbeach had its traditional afternoon parade, led by Stamford Brass Band, and service with wreath laying at the memorial.

Marking Remembrance Sunday in Gedney Dawsmere. SG101113-150TW

Marking Remembrance Sunday in Gedney Dawsmere. SG101113-150TW

In Crowland, standard bearers and Army cadets led the parade to the war memorial.

The lychgate at Weston St Mary’s Church is a memorial to the fallen and poppy wreaths were laid there.

Veterans were on parade at Gedney Dawsmere Church for the traditional service there.

There was also an act of remembrance in Spalding Cemetery on Saturday when poppy crosses were laid on war graves.