Community remembers our fallen soldiers

Eastwood Remembrance parade
Eastwood Remembrance parade
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The sun shone bringing out townfolk in Eastwood for a beautiful Remembrance Day last Sunday.

Residents lined the streets as soldiers, members of the British Legion and Scouts and Guides paraded through town ahead of a service at the town’s memorial.

Eastwood Mayor Brian Griffin said the turnout was ‘beyond his expectations’ and then respect people showed touched him.

“The turnout was beyond my expectations. It was a lovely,” he said.

“It brought home to me how my town people in Eastwood really are aware of not only people who have sacrificed their lives in the past two world wars but also what the armed forces are doing today for their Queen and country.

“The respect that Eastwood people showed really touched me.”

A second service was held at the memorial cottages in Mansfield Road on Monday.

Cllr Griffin said: “It was really encouraging to see the amount of children, and youth organisations, in attendance at the memorial cottages. I really did appreciate them being there and it’s lovely that schools sent them.

“The example the youngsters showed on both days shows that we have a great future in them.”

At an Eastwood Town Council meeting on Monday night, the town’s Girl Guiding commissioner, Abbie Parker, asked councillors if the girls could feature further towards the front of the parade at next year’s service.

She said the girls had spent a long time preparing smart dress and good behaviour, only to get lost among the crowds.

Councillors agreed, saying uniformed groups were an important part of the day.