December 18 2013 Latest news:
By Matthew Gooding
Thursday, November 15, 2012
CROW country fell silent on Sunday as people gathered to pay their respects to those who have given their lives fighting for their nation.
Remembrance Sunday saw services take place across North Herts and South Cambs, with two minute silences being observed at 11am to remember those who have died fighting in conflicts past and present.
In Royston a parade took place from the Royal British Legion club, in Mill Road, to the war memorial in Melbourn Street, where a service was held and 42 wreaths were laid by attendees including MP Oliver Heald and the Mayor of Royston, Cllr Lindsay Davidson.
Organiser Chris Murphy said: “Both the parade and the service were very good, and the weather was absolutely gorgeous which helped.
“I got the 2484 Air Training Corps squadron band from Bassingbourn to lead the parade, and they were superb. It was the first time a lot of them had been in front of the public and it must have been quite daunting to turn into Melbourn Street and see both sides of the road lined with people.”
Mr Murphy also thanked the people of Royston for turning out in good numbers. “It’s so encouraging to see people from many different generations coming out to support us, it just seems to grow year on year,” he said.
Services also took place in villages including in Steeple Morden, where participants remembered British and American service men who died in World War II. Earlier in the day wreaths had been laid at the site of the former Steeple Morden airfield, where a memorial stands in memory of the RAF pilots and members of the 355th fighter group who were stationed there.
At the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, the beginning and end of the two minute silence was marked by a traditional gun salute from The Garrison.
Thousands of visitors were joined by veterans and hundreds of motorcyclists from the Royal British Legion Bikers Branch.
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