Centenary Remembrance Parade Edwinstowe

Centenary Remembrance ParadeThe Centenary Remembrance Parade was held today, the !!th Nov 2018 in Edwinstowe. – It was a very emotional and fitting tribute to those who gave their life so that we can enjoy the freedoms and liberties that we enjoy today. 

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The weather was kind and although we started with very light rain  for the parade from the assembly point at the Manvers Arms to St Mary’s Church,  the sun came out later for the parade from the Church to the Memorial and during the ceremony at the War Memorial.

This was the first time that the Reverend Ian Webb has conducted the Remembrance Service in Edwinstowe and it was a very moving service. It was especially poignant this year as it is the Centenary Anniversary of the end of WW!. The Church was full to capacity with no standing room left and some even standing in the porch. 

The prayers during the Service were interspersed with hymns and a reading from St Matthew Chapter 5 verses 1-11 The Beatitudes. Three poems were read during the service the first Poem for the Fallen by Lawrence Binyon 1849-1943, then High Flight by John Gillespie Magee, and finally Flanders Fields by John McCrae May 1915.

centenary Remembrance Parade

Photo by Legh Buck Rodgers

The Parade reassembled beside the Parish Hall and marched to the War memorial. Everyone gathered round the War Memorial for the act of Remembrance and the Roll of Honour.

The numbers this year were many more than last year and it was good to see that it was a mix of all age. It was also good to see the Rainbows and the Beavers assembled on the grass behind the War Memorial giving them a great view of the ceremony. The photos below give an idea of the numbers that congregated at the cross

One of the highlights was when the Roll of Honour of the Edwinstowe men who died in conflict was read out, it really does make it hit home, especially when there are multiple names from the same family.

The last post and reveille were played superbly by the young cornet player and members of the Thoresby Colliery Band played the music during the service and the parade. The Church and Parade music were conducted by courtesy of the Thoresby Colliery Band Music Director.

Wreaths were laid by representatives from the Royal British Legion, Edwinstowe Parish Council, the various Services, the Political parties, the Lynds Close Lunch Club and others. It was really great to see the young boys and girls representing the various youth groups from the Scout and Guide movement and to see the hand-made wreaths.   

Photo by Zoey Hendley

This year more has been made across the Country of the contribution of the animals during the War. It was great to see that Zoey Handley decided to pay her respects and remember the animals who gave their lives in WW1, by bringing her draft horse Gasper to the service today.

She posted on Facebook that he was exceptionally well-behaved and even gave a whinny precisely after the prayer as everyone said Amen and said “We didn’t train him to do that, honest” 

The parade reassembled at the Memorial for the march past at the salute base in the High Street. The Salute was taken by the Reverend Ian Webb, Sir David Naish , (Saluting Officer), and Councillor Celia Brooks (Chairman of Edwinstowe Parish Council). The parade then continued along the designated route to the dismissal point at the Manvers Arms.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank the local branch of the Royal British Legion for organising the event and arranging for TMS to manage the road blocks and the traffic. As usual everything worked like clockwork thanks to Phil Jones, Terry Mc Laughlin and the Parade Commander and everyone who helped make the day a success.

Lastly a great big thanks goes to everyone who turned up at the crossroad, the crowds today were truly fantastic.

Centenary Remembrance Parade

Centenary Remembrance Parade

Centenary Remembrance ParadePhotos by Leigh Buck Rodgers