In pictures: Remembrance Day in Saffron Walden
PUBLISHED: 09:37 12 November 2018 | UPDATED: 13:50 12 November 2018
Soldiers from the 35 Engineer EOD Regiment based at Carver Barracks stand at the war memorial, whilst thousands gather on the High Street behind them.
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Hundreds of people joined in the parade and service to mark Remembrance Sunday in Saffron Walden on November 11.
The band from the Air Training Corp. lead the parade.
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 35 Engineers Regiment from Carver Barracks, students from Saffron Walden County High School and the town council.
Michael Birnie, secretary of the Saffron Walden Branch of Royal British Legion, said: “As expected this years parade was the biggest ever with extra groups wanting to take part and lay wreaths. I counted 49 wreaths on the war memorial today along with numerous poppy crosses and some lovely painted stones.
“We estimated upwards of 400 people marching, that’s from the band in the lead to the dignitaries bringing up the rear. The crowds also seemed bigger than usual with many hundreds lining the route from the war memorial to St Mary’s Church and you could not move in Market Square where the parade ended.”
The service of remembrance at the war memorial was led by Canon David Tomlinson and a two-minute silence was held to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War.
Born on 7th April 1918, just months before the Great War ended, one hundred year-old Nellie Halls was overjoyed to be able to attend the act of commemoration, accompanied by her son.
The service was followed by a march to St Mary’s Church.
All photographs: Celia Bartlett Photography.
Service at St Mary's Church after the parade. 83 year old Brian Tresadern (L) is assisted in the parade Members of The Royal British Legion. The band from the Air Training Corp. followed by soldiers from Carver Barracks. Soldiers from 35 Engineer Regiment parade down the High Street. The band from the Air Training Corp. lead the parade. The standard bearers wait in the sunshine. After a night of heavy rain, the sun shone for the Remembrance Parade. The standard of The Royal British Legion alonside the spire of St Mary's Church. Members of Saffron Walden Town Council stand quietly in the welcome sunshine. The act of Remembrance. Poppies and thought. Air Cadets were represented. The Fire Service laying their wreath Pupils from Saffron Walden County High School lay their wreaths Side by side, young and old. The young laid wreaths too. Remembrance Day, Saffron Walden. A wreath is laid by the 35 Engineer Regiment. Mayor of Saffron Walden, Paul Fairhurst. The first wreath is laid by Uttlesford District Council. The Last Post Sunlight lights the faces as The Last Post leads up to the two minute silence. Rev. Canon David Tomlison leads the act of Remembrance Rev. Canon David Tomlison ready to lead the act of Remembrance Thousands crowd the the High Street for the act of Remembrance Tommy with his head bowed. Ensuring the younger generation understand the significance of Remembrance, these girls were wearing the named pictures of those family members lost in war. Awaiting the eleventh hour on Armistice 100 Soldiers from the 35 Engineer EOD Regiment based at Carver Barracks with poppies attachet to their caps. Members of the Town Council and other dignitaries await the eleventh hour on Armistice 100. Soldiers from the 35 Engineer EOD Regiment based at Carver Barracks with poppies attachet to their caps. Mayor Cllr Fairhurst holds the wreath for the Town Council. Members of the Town Council and other dignitaries await the eleventh hour on Armistice 100. Wreaths from miltary organisations Proud to be a Gurkha. Brian Tresadern age 83, who served in the Royal Horse Artillery and the Royal West Kent Regiment. As well as the red poppie wreaths, an alternative peace wreath was also laid Joy Waterman sits beside the war memorial with the beret and medals, which were awarded to her late husband Bas Waterman. There But Not There Tommy stands at the war memorial Simply - In Remembrance Personalised Remembrance crosses. Some different and beautifully hand painted remembrance pebbles laid at the war memorial. Some different and beautifully hand painted remembrance pebbles laid at the war memorial.