Crowds pay respects on Remembrance Day during Saffron Walden parade

PUBLISHED: 10:04 15 November 2017 | UPDATED: 10:04 15 November 2017

33 Engineer Regiment lays a wreath. Photo: Celia Bartlett

33 Engineer Regiment lays a wreath. Photo: Celia Bartlett

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More than 400 people, one of the biggest crowds in recent years, joined in the parade and service to mark Remembrance Sunday in Saffron Walden on November 12.

Mayor, Cllr Dr Richard Freeman lays a wreath. Photo: Celia BartlettMayor, Cllr Dr Richard Freeman lays a wreath. Photo: Celia Bartlett

The parade was led by the Band of 56 (Woolwich) Squadron Royal Air Force Cadets who travel from Woolwich specially each year.

Armistice Day ceremony on Saturday - standard bearer Bob Curran from the Royal British Legion and bugler John Hammond from St John Ambulance. Photo: Celia BartlettArmistice Day ceremony on Saturday - standard bearer Bob Curran from the Royal British Legion and bugler John Hammond from St John Ambulance. Photo: Celia Bartlett

The dignitaries line the High Street for the act of Remembrance. Photo: Celia BartlettThe dignitaries line the High Street for the act of Remembrance. Photo: Celia Bartlett

The event, organised by the Royal British Legion had the usual laying of wreaths. Taking part in the town’s memorial were the Fire Service, personnel from the 33 Engineers Regiment from Carver Barracks, as well as members of the scouts and guides, boys and girls brigades and cubs and brownies.

Wreath laying. Photo: Celia BartlettWreath laying. Photo: Celia Bartlett

The service at St Mary’s Church was led by Canon David Tomlinson.

The sun shone over Saffron Walden during the Remembrance Parade. Photo: Celia BartlettThe sun shone over Saffron Walden during the Remembrance Parade. Photo: Celia Bartlett

The band lead the march down the High Street. Photo: Celia BartlettThe band lead the march down the High Street. Photo: Celia Bartlett

Saffron Walden Royal British Legion Secretary Michael Birnie, who organises the parade, said: “There was a really good attendance, it grows every year. This was the biggest parade I have seen in 13 years.

Members of the Royal British Legion. Photo: Celia BartlettMembers of the Royal British Legion. Photo: Celia Bartlett

“The weather was kind to us, the breeze blew the wreathes but we got that sorted. I think that was the Man Above letting us know he’s still in charge.”

Cadet Forces. Photo: Celia BartlettCadet Forces. Photo: Celia Bartlett

Cadet Forces. Photo: Celia BartlettCadet Forces. Photo: Celia Bartlett

Veterans. Photo: Celia BartlettVeterans. Photo: Celia Bartlett

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