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Major from Moulton praises strong showing from youth organisations for Remembrance Day commemorations in Spalding




A serving member of the British Armed Forces from Moulton has praised the people of Spalding for supporting Remembrance Day.

Major Simon Holmes, who has served with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers for more than 34 years, said he was “particularly proud” of the strong representation by youth organisations on Sunday.

Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorer Scouts all lined up alongside Boys’ and Girls’ Brigades, St John Ambulance Cadets, Lincolnshire Mini Police, Air and Army Cadets in Ayscoughfee Gardens and Spalding town centre.

MAJOR'S SALUTE: Major Simon Holmes, of the Royal Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, leads a contingent of active servicemen through Market Place, Spalding.
Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-111118-17
MAJOR'S SALUTE: Major Simon Holmes, of the Royal Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, leads a contingent of active servicemen through Market Place, Spalding. Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-111118-17

Major Holmes said: “I’ve been leading this part of the parade for the last ten years and I’m particularly proud of the number of youth organisations that turned up.

“From Girl Guides, Brownies and Boy Scouts to the local schools, Remembrance Day is an incredible time that we must remember.

“If we forget and allow it to slip from our memory, then we risk allowing these wars to happen again.

“So it’s important that we retain this important event and pass it down to the youth.

MAJOR'S SALUTE: Lincolnshire Mini Police pupils and staff from schools in Spalding.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-111118-29
MAJOR'S SALUTE: Lincolnshire Mini Police pupils and staff from schools in Spalding.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-111118-29

“People in my position are going to come out and parade because we’ve seen of friends and colleagues fall in more recent conflicts.

“But it’s the youth organisations who have come out on parade who need to keep the torch alight for future generations.”

Chris Carter, president of the Royal British Legion’s Spalding branch, said: “We were absolutely overwhelmed by the number of people who were there on Sunday.

MAJOR'S SALUTE: Chris Carter, president of the Royal British Legion Spalding Branch, speaks to the crowd at Ayscoughfee Gardens.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-111118-068TW
MAJOR'S SALUTE: Chris Carter, president of the Royal British Legion Spalding Branch, speaks to the crowd at Ayscoughfee Gardens.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-111118-068TW

“I think it’s a fantastic testament to the people of Spalding and South Holland who wanted to come and pay their respects.”


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