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Remembrance commemorations in Spalding culminated in a parade through the town on Sunday.

Members of the Royal British Legion began their festival of remembrance with a parade through Springfields Gardens on Armistice Day.

Veterans and service personnel marched through the gardens to lay wreaths and crosses at a tree, and a service was conducted by the Rev John Bennett.

Remembrance Parade at Springfields on Armistice Day PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Remembrance Parade at Springfields on Armistice Day PHOTO: SUPPLIED

This was followed on Saturday with another parade at Spalding Cemetery, which has been a tradition for more than 30 years.

The Legion worked with cadets who laid crosses on the graves of service personnel who are buried in the cemetery.

Following a service, researcher Cheryl Arnold took cadets around to all the groups to speak about the history.

Police muster ahead of Spalding's Remembrance Day parade
Police muster ahead of Spalding's Remembrance Day parade

A service was also conducted by Mr Bennett.

Young people also played an important role in the annual Remembrance Parade, which took place on Sunday in the town centre as the Legion marks its 100th anniversary.

Cadets, police officers and other community groups joined veterans and serving personnel to march from the Market Place to Ayscoughfee Gardens, where a service was conducted and wreaths were laid.

Army cadets in Spalding's Market Place
Army cadets in Spalding's Market Place

Organiser Jan Whitbourn has thanked Steve Colby and the Rotary Club of South Holland along with the team at Ayscoughfee for their help.

She said: “Ayscoughfee was filled throughout with families and friends joining the representative detachment of serving men and women from all over Lincolnshire.

“It was so good to see such a wonderful turn out, thank you to all those great organisations, service men and women who gather with us every year, you help to make this parade a success.

A poppy seller in the Market Place
A poppy seller in the Market Place

“Thank you to the Rev Bennett and his choir for singing beautifully to the crowds and having a two minute silence to give us all a chance to remember the sacrifices made on our behalf over the years.

“Well done to everyone who took part.”

Youngsters get ready for the parade
Youngsters get ready for the parade
Mustering in Spalding's Market Place
Mustering in Spalding's Market Place
People gather to honour the fallen
People gather to honour the fallen
Dignitaries gather at Spalding Cemetery PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Dignitaries gather at Spalding Cemetery PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Spalding Remembrance Day Parade PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Spalding Remembrance Day Parade PHOTO: SUPPLIED
This dog is wearing a poppy with pride
This dog is wearing a poppy with pride
Veterans muster in Spalding's Market Place
Veterans muster in Spalding's Market Place
Members of the Royal British Legion
Members of the Royal British Legion


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