More than a thousand people thronged the streets of Eastwood to pay tribute to the brave servicemen and women killed on the front line fighting for their country on Remembrance Sunday.
Attended by uniformed groups, community organisations and civic dignitaries, the parade began with a full service at St Mary’s Church followed by marching parades through the town, ending with services of commemoration at the town’s two memorials.
The raid held off as serving and ex servicemen marched along with members of the Eastwood branch of the Royal British Legion, Army cadets, Scouts Guides and Brownies.
The march was led by the Boy’s Brigade band and dignitaries including councillors, Mayor of Eastwood Town Council Councillor Keith Longdon Mayor of Broxtowe Sue Bagshaw and MP Gloria De Piero.
A laying of wreaths at the war memorial was followed by a second parade to Cadet’s Cross.
Richard Dodge, vice chairman of the Eastwood branch of the Royal British Legion said: “It was a phenomenal turn out and a tribute to the people of Eastwood showing how much regard they have for members of the armed forces.
“Curate Anna Alis read the service at the church and at the memorial and she was excellent.
“From juniors to seniors it seems more and more people are becoming involved in Remembrance Sunday.
“We are finding it difficult to accommodate the crowds but I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Gloria De Piero MP added “It was an incredibly moving Remembrance parade and there was great turnout from the local community. It really was a fitting tribute to the servicemen and women, past and present from Eastwood and the wider area to who we all owe such a debt of gratitude.
“Local people will never forget the sacrifices of those who have served their country and it was an honour to lay a wreath in remembrance.”
The Royal British Legion hopes to raise more than last year’s total of around £15,000 through poppy donations.
Picture by Peter Jordan.