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People lined the streets of Holbeach to cheer as veterans, serving soldiers and friends marched to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Veterans champion Harold Payne organised the Holbeach People's Parade after it was feared that the town would not have a marching parade to mark Remembrance Sunday.

Peterborough Highland Band led the parade from the former Fleet Road depot which marched up the pavement along Fleet Road to the town's memorial in High Street.

Holbeach People's Parade 2021 (53048853)
Holbeach People's Parade 2021 (53048853)

Among those marching was 100-year-old Jack Mills, who had volunteered for the RAF and served in Burma, carrying a wreath as he went.

A service was conducted at the war memorial by Pastor Ross Dean and the Last Post was played by 92-year-old Dennis Sparrow who was wearing the First World War medals won by his father William.

Men, women and children, including a toddler, laid wreaths and flowers on the memorial.

The parade marches along the path in Holbeach
The parade marches along the path in Holbeach

Cheers and claps also rung out for Mr Payne before he continued on his annual pilgrimage around the Holbeach area to lay flowers at war memorials.

Speaking after the service Mr Payne said "The turn out has been fantastic and has made it all worthwhile.

"Next year will be bigger."

People gather in the High Street, Holbeach
People gather in the High Street, Holbeach

Police had closed the area around the memorial during the service.

Harold Payne
Harold Payne
Dennis Sparrow
Dennis Sparrow
Volunteer marshals ahead of the parade
Volunteer marshals ahead of the parade
Jack Mills
Jack Mills
Pipers lead the parade
Pipers lead the parade
Pastor Ross Dean
Pastor Ross Dean
Holbeach People's Parade 2021 (53048809)
Holbeach People's Parade 2021 (53048809)
Holbeach People's Parade 2021 (53048813)
Holbeach People's Parade 2021 (53048813)
People march in the parade
People march in the parade
Mustering in Holbeach
Mustering in Holbeach
Wreaths are laid in Holbeach
Wreaths are laid in Holbeach
A youngster supports the parade
A youngster supports the parade
Mustering in Holbeach
Mustering in Holbeach
Veterans and servicemen gather in Holbeach
Veterans and servicemen gather in Holbeach
A youngster lays roses at the parade
A youngster lays roses at the parade
Wreaths are laid at Holbeach War Memorial
Wreaths are laid at Holbeach War Memorial
Holbeach People's Parade
Holbeach People's Parade
People gather in the High Street, Holbeach
People gather in the High Street, Holbeach
Dennis Sparrow (92) plays for the first time in two years
Dennis Sparrow (92) plays for the first time in two years
People gather in Holbeach to honour the fallen
People gather in Holbeach to honour the fallen
Remembrance Day service in Holbeach
Remembrance Day service in Holbeach
Dennis Sparrow
Dennis Sparrow
Ross Dean and Jack Mills
Ross Dean and Jack Mills
Some of the many people at the parade
Some of the many people at the parade
Dennis Sparrow, Ross Dean and Jack Mills
Dennis Sparrow, Ross Dean and Jack Mills
Mustering in Holbeach
Mustering in Holbeach
Harold Payne speaks at the service
Harold Payne speaks at the service
Standards are lowered at Holbeach War Memorial
Standards are lowered at Holbeach War Memorial
Parade organiser Harold Payne
Parade organiser Harold Payne
The crowd gathers to support the Holbeach People's Parade
The crowd gathers to support the Holbeach People's Parade
Crowds in High Street, Holbeach
Crowds in High Street, Holbeach
Standards and flags in the parade
Standards and flags in the parade


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