Remembering Donington’s fallen

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The church of St Mary & The Holy Rood at Donington fell silent during a recent service.

The congregation was hushed as the names of men who had left the village for the Battle of Arnhem and Operation Market Garden, but never returned, were read out by 1st Parachute Squadron veteran Harold Covington.

The ritual is part of a moving remembrance ceremony that has taken place in Donington since the end of the war.

Resident Edward Finch said the service for the 1st Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers was very well attended by veterans who saw active service in various theatres of war, including World War Two, Suez, Aden, Falklands and Iraq.

He said: “Many families of veterans and local residents took part in the parade led by piper Allan Prebble and British Legion standard bearer Nick Chadburn.

“The bugler, Katy Jeffrey, a Donington resident, then played the Last Post and Reveille, which was followed by the piper playing the squadron lament, bringing back memories for the veterans who heard the bagpipes being played on the battlefields.”

Wreaths were then laid at the memorial beneath the Arnhem oak, brought back as a sampling from the battlefields, followed by refreshments and reminiscences.