More than 700 people turned out to pay their tributes to the fallen heroes of wars past and present on Remembrance Day in Eastwood.
The parish church of St Mary’s brought together a large congregation which shared in a special service of thanksgiving, conducted by Rev David Stevenson. In bright sunshine the Eastwood Arcadians Marching Band then led a parade from the church through the town to the War Memorial where crowds gathered to pay their respects.
There was a special moment during the two minutes silence when a voice shouted out ‘We love you Grandad’ – a poignant gesture very significant to the occasion.
Representatives from local groups and organisations and dignitaries including town Mayor Hazel Charlesworth laid wreaths at the memorial while scores of eager youngsters representing Scouts and Guides carried poppy crosses which were put into place nearby.
The Remembrance Day party then proceeded down Nottingham Road to the Cadets Cross memorial where more wreaths were laid. Army Cadet leader Lee Saxton then gave a heartfelt address in which he spoke about the Tom Hanks film ‘Saving Private Ryan’ and its relevance in modern times.
“That film gives a classic analogy of heroism and bravery which is going on today in all corners of the world,” he said.
Mr Saxton then reached out to those present calling for them to ‘value each day as it comes’.
“Put into place all that you can,” he said.
“Show your love to those who are dear to you and give praise and encouragement to everyone who does something nice or positive to enrich your lives.”
Cllr Hazel Charlesworth heaped praise on the team of marshalls who had helped the Remembrance Day planning to go smoothly.
She also gave a personal thanks to the Eastwood Arcadian.
“They have put a lot of time and effort into their performance which enhanced the occasion,” she said.
Rev Stevenson expressed his pride in the people of Eastwood for turning out in such large numbers to pay homage to the brave, unsung heroes of the town who sadly died to give freedom to others.
“Eastwood is a community to be proud of and this day is special to many”, he added.