Crowds remember those who gave their lives for our freedom

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Residents from the Wetherby and Tadcaster areas came together to remember the fallen of two world wars and other conflicts.

Wetherby Royal British Legion branch officials said they noticed an increase in the numbers of people who lined the streets and attended the bridge foot memorial.

Chairman Edna Hilditch said: “The sun shone on Remembrance Sunday, bringing ever larger crowds to support the parade and service at the Wetherby War Memorial.

“And 34 wreaths were laid, including one from every school in the town.

“We had distributed 500 service sheets but it was still not enough to satisfy the amount of people attending.

“It was extremely satisfying to see so many people come and support this special event to remember those who gave their lives for their country and for our freedom.”

And in Tadcaster more people than ever before lined the streets on Sunday morning to support the service and parade which included war veterans, armed forces service personnel and Scouts and Guides groups, march through the town to the war memorial. Dignitaries attending included the town’s MP Nigel Adams, and Mayor Don Mackay.

Scouts spokesman and local businessman Melvin Pratt said: “It was a very big turnout. Even though the bridge is still out, it was very well attended. St Mary’s Church, where the service was held, was at capacity. The parade was very moving.”

At the town’s grammar school a moving Service of Remembrance was held by students and staff during which the last post was played by Year 11 student Matthew Foulds.

Thorner and Scarcroft branch of the Royal British Legion held two Remembrance services again this year, said chairman David Fryer.

On Armistice Day, St Peter’s schoolchildren placed a wreath on a war grave in the churchyard and read out a number of prayers and poems in a moving service, followed by a minute’s silence.

The Royal British Legion Remembrance Day parade, including Scouts and Guides, took place along Thorner Main Street, led by the City of Leeds Pipe Band.

Bramham Park owner Nick Lane-Fox, representing the Queen as Deputy Lord Lieutenant and President of the Thorner and Scarcroft Branch of the Royal British Legion, read the lesson in church and later laid a wreath.

David added: “Representatives of the various youth groups gathered at the altar, each holding a candle representing the names of those from the community and who had died during the wars and who featured on the war memorial.

“As the names were read out, a candle was blown out in turn.

“It was a very moving and poignant part of the service.”