Remembrance Sunday: Crowds turn out for Royston service to honour the fallen
PUBLISHED: 13:38 13 November 2017 | UPDATED: 14:11 13 November 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
Royston Remembrance Sunday service 2017
A Royston military line up pays homage to the armed servies on Remembrance Sunday in Royston town centre. Picture: Clive Porter
A young RAF cadet pays her respects to the fallen in Royston's town centre 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
Proud RAF cadet bears flag of respect in Royston's town centre on Remembrance Sunday. Picture: Clive Porter
The Royston army cadets proudlly march through Royston town centre on Remembrance Sunday: Clive Porter
The Remembrance Sunday choir pay homage in Royston town centre. Picture: Clive Porter
The crowds came out for the 2017 Royston Remembrance service in the town centre. Picture: Clive Porter
A drummer girl parades in Royston Remembrance Sunday march. Picture: Clive Porter
The flag bearers old and new celebrate in Royston's Sunday Remembrance Parade. Picture: Clive Porter
Royston's military parade led by Scottish Piper in march through the town centre in aid of Remembrance Sunday. Picture: Clive Porter
Three veterans faithfully march in Royston's Remembrance Sunday parade. Picture: Clive Porter
A Scottish piper cuts a great military figure of Remembrance in Royston town centre. Picture: Clive Porter
Three army cadets pay their solomn respects in town centre in Royston's Remembrance Sunday. Picture: Clive Porter
In total, 25 cadets and four adults from the Royston Army Cadet Force took part in the parade. Picture: Annie Brinsley
“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.