Remembrance Sunday: Crowds turn out for Royston service to honour the fallen

PUBLISHED: 13:38 13 November 2017 | UPDATED: 14:11 13 November 2017

Three flag bearers band together in Royston's moving march through the town  for Remembrance Sunday . Picture: Clive Porter

Three flag bearers band together in Royston's moving march through the town for Remembrance Sunday . Picture: Clive Porter

Cliive Porter

A good crowd turned out for this year’s Remembrance Sunday services in Royston town centre, as respects were paid to the fallen heroes of the past and present.

A drummer girl parades in Royston Remembrance Sunday march. Picture: Clive PorterA drummer girl parades in Royston Remembrance Sunday march. Picture: Clive Porter

It was a solemn but impressive occasion, with a parade marching movingly through the town. Young and old gathered together for a Remembrance service led by Revd. John Fidler of St John’s Parish Church, Royston.

Dignitaries included Neville Reyner, deputy to the Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, and Royston mayor Vera Swallow.

In total, 25 cadets and four adults from the Royston Army Cadet Force took part in the parade. Picture: Annie BrinsleyIn total, 25 cadets and four adults from the Royston Army Cadet Force took part in the parade. Picture: Annie Brinsley

Chris Murphy, the chairman of Royston’s Royal British Legion, has been planning the event since August.

During the service he read the Act of Remembrance and the poem Aftermath by war veteran Siegfried Sassoon.

The flag bearers old and new celebrate in Royston's Sunday Remembrance Parade. Picture: Clive PorterThe flag bearers old and new celebrate in Royston's Sunday Remembrance Parade. Picture: Clive Porter

Mr Murphy told the Crow: ”In total 39 organisations all laying wreaths had turned out in support of the event, along with the army, RAF cadets and veterans.

“It’s amazing that more and more people seem to come every year, which is very heartening as many groups contribute to make this special occasion possible.

“I would just like to say a big thank you to everybody helped in the process, with a special thank you to the police and emergency services whose support is invaluable.”

There were also services in Royston’s surrounding villages to mark Remembrance Sunday.

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