More than 500 members of the community joined the Boys’ and Girls’ Brigades and the Scouts and Guides for the first remembrance service at the new war memorial in Nuthall.
The memorial was erected this year on the Basil Russell Recreation Ground by Nuthall Parish Council as part of the 100th anniversary of the start of WW1.
This year’s service was extra special as it was the first time the community had been able to gather as one around the new memorial.
A procession was led by a composite brass band from Nuthall Methodist Church which included two serving Royal Marine bandsmen, local boy Matt Green and Josh Green who played the Last Post and Reveille.
Chairman of Nuthall Parish Council, Philip Owen, said “It is fitting that on the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War all sections of the community are able to come together in such large numbers to pay their respects.
“It is entirely due to the efforts of Councillor Brian Watson that Nuthall has this war memorial and local residents showed how important it is to them that they turned out in such large numbers to pay their respects to those who gave their lives”.
Wreaths were laid on behalf of the Parish Council, MP Anna Soubry, local Churches, the uniformed organisations, Kimberley School, the Police and others.
The new memorial was dedicated on Sunday September 21 at a special ceremony.
Memorial services took place across the district and included ones at Selston, Awsworth, Greasley, Jacksdale and Underwood.