Thousands pay tribute to those who died for our freedom

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Thousands of people turned out in towns and villages across South Holland to honour those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

The dead of two world wars and those from other conflicts, including the present day fighting in Afghanistan, were remembered by young and old. Veterans from the Second World War and Korea were among the ranks of those paying their respects.

Hundreds joined the Remembrance Sunday Parade from Spalding's Market Place to Ayscoughfee Gardens for the service and wreath laying. Photo (TIM WILSON)): SG081115-124TW

Hundreds joined the Remembrance Sunday Parade from Spalding's Market Place to Ayscoughfee Gardens for the service and wreath laying. Photo (TIM WILSON)): SG081115-124TW

The Vicar of Spalding, the Rev John Bennett, led the service in Spalding’s Ayscoughfee Gardens.

He said it’s always extraordinary when he stands by the war memorial and looks across the Peace Garden and sees just how many people are gathered there.

“You get a sense of how important it is to the town to keep this commemoration,” he said.

Mr Bennett said the wreath laying is always moving and particularly so when members of the public lay their small crosses to remember loved ones, some who have been lost in recent conflicts.

MP John Hayes and district council chairman Francis Biggadike in the parade to Holbeach War Memorial. SG081115-188TW

MP John Hayes and district council chairman Francis Biggadike in the parade to Holbeach War Memorial. SG081115-188TW

He is waiting for a day when such wars are over and there is no need to keep remembering people killed in modern times.

Spalding’s Parade from Market Place to Ayscoughfee featured the Fenland Marching Band Girls’ and Boys’ Brigade of Spalding Baptist Church and Spalding March Ambassadors.

South Holland and The Deepings MP John Hayes and district council chairman Francis Biggadike were among those attending the traditional morning parade and service in Spalding and the afternoon parade and service in Holbeach.

Coun Biggadike said both went “fantastically well” and he was pleased to see so many children and schools involved.

The majestic Crowland Abbey formed a backdrop for the town's Remembrance Parade. SG08115-253TW

The majestic Crowland Abbey formed a backdrop for the town's Remembrance Parade. SG08115-253TW

“Unless we involve children, it will be difficult to carry on in the manner we have for the last 70-odd years or more,” he said.

Coun Biggadike also had thoughts for families who are remembering loved ones lost in recent times.

“Troops are on the ground in danger every day now,” he said. “We did go through a period – not long – when things were reasonably stable. Now there seems to be trouble all over the world.”

Ex-servicemen give their respectful salutes after laying wreaths at Spalding's War Memorial in Ayscoughfee Gardens. SG081115-145TW

Ex-servicemen give their respectful salutes after laying wreaths at Spalding's War Memorial in Ayscoughfee Gardens. SG081115-145TW

Wreath layers and a large crowd gather to remember the sacrifices made by servicemen and women from Holbeach. SG081115-209TW.

Wreath layers and a large crowd gather to remember the sacrifices made by servicemen and women from Holbeach. SG081115-209TW.

Spalding ACF on Remembrance Sunday. SG081115-103TW

Spalding ACF on Remembrance Sunday. SG081115-103TW

Korean veterans' standard bearer Pete Elrick, Cpl Paul Derrick and Royal British Legion Spalding branch president Terry Moore. SG081115-104TW

Korean veterans' standard bearer Pete Elrick, Cpl Paul Derrick and Royal British Legion Spalding branch president Terry Moore. SG081115-104TW

Sandie Hern with The Mechant Navy wreath at Holbeach. SG081115-185TW

Sandie Hern with The Mechant Navy wreath at Holbeach. SG081115-185TW

William Stukeley Primary School pupils taking part in Remembrance Sunday at Holbeach. SG081115-174TW

William Stukeley Primary School pupils taking part in Remembrance Sunday at Holbeach. SG081115-174TW

Second World War veteran Jack Mills with a wreath at Holbeach. SG081115-182TW

Second World War veteran Jack Mills with a wreath at Holbeach. SG081115-182TW