Paying their respects

PUBLISHED: 14:24 16 November 2006 | UPDATED: 09:59 31 May 2010

Parade Marshall Ron Liversage's guiding hand as veterans lay wreaths - Pic: Dick Harding

Parade Marshall Ron Liversage's guiding hand as veterans lay wreaths - Pic: Dick Harding

HUNDREDS of people paid their respects to fallen heroes in Saffron Walden on Remembrance Sunday. Wreaths were laid at the war memorial in the High Street before a commemorative service at St Mary s Church. Bob Curran, Royal British Legion organiser for Ut

HUNDREDS of people paid their respects to fallen heroes in Saffron Walden on Remembrance Sunday.

Wreaths were laid at the war memorial in the High Street before a commemorative service at St Mary's Church.

Bob Curran, Royal British Legion organiser for Uttlesford, said he was amazed by the turnout.

He said: "I've never seen so many people up at the war memorial before. It was a terrific and phenomenal sight."

"It was a great day, giving everybody a chance to think about mates, comrades and loved ones who are sadly no longer with us."

Mr Curran said it was a particularly poignant moment when the soon-to-close Saffron Walden branch of the Royal Air Force Association laid down its standard in church for the last time.

"The branch is closing due to the old age of its members so that was sad and they will be missed at next year's service," he said.

He said this year's poppy appeal in the town had been very successful. He said: "I'm hopeful once we've counted all the money we'll have beaten last year's total," he said.

"I've already banked some of the money and we have beaten our record from 2003.

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