Huntingdonshire pays tribute to the fallen at Remembrance services

Thinking Soldier memorial covered with wreaths following Huntingdon's service of remembrance

Thinking Soldier memorial covered with wreaths following Huntingdon's service of remembrance - Credit: Archant

Huntingdonshire fell silent on Sunday to commemorate those who gave their lives for our country.

Towns and villages across the district hosted remembrance services at war memorials and churches to honour the war dead and those who are still taking part in conflicts across the world.

In Huntingdon, a parade joined by RAF Wyton Area Voluntary Band marched to Market Hill where hundreds gathered to take part in a Service of Remembrance.

At 11am a two minute silence took place after the sound of the Last Post was played at the Church Bell of All Saints were rung.

Mayor of Huntingdon Councillor Daryl Brown was joined by service and ex-service representatives along with civic dignitaries to lay wreaths at the Thinking Solider memorial.

Also taking part in the service were the RAF Wyton and RAF Brampton military wives choir who led a selection of hymns, watched on by members of the Royal British Legion and members of the Girl Guiding and Scouting movements.

For the first time, St Ives welcomed the 42nd Engineering Regiment to its Remembrance Service.

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The force, based at RAF Wyton, was joined by crowds lining Market Hill as the ceremony got underway, with a two-minute silence remembering those who gave their lives from the town some 100 years ago.

Debbie Townsend, mayor, laid a poppy wreath at the event, having had breakfast with war veterans the day before and marking Armistice Day on November 11.

She said: “It’s just so gratifying to see the support that St Ives gives to Armistice Day as well as Remembrance Day. It’s unbelievable and it’s a real community event.”

In Ramsey, town mayor Councillor Adella Costello attended the Sunday service and parade which marched from the village green to the town’s war memorial where a short Service of Remembrance was held along with an array of wreaths laid before the Last Post was sounded.

A full service was later held at the St Thomas a Becket church.

Earlier in the day another annual service was held at the War Memorial Hall, in Church Hill, to pay tribute and remember the fallen, those injured and those currently serving.

A remembrance service was also hosted in Godmanchester as dignitaries, groups and residents gathered at the war memorial, in Post Street, which followed a parade from School Hill.