Remembrance parade returns in special year

November 29 2018

THOUSANDS of people came together in Page Park for Staple Hill’s best-attended remembrance parade in living memory.

On a crisp, clear morning marking the centenary of the end of the First World War, hundreds of members of uniformed organisations marched along the High Street.

Crowds of people followed the parade, which included veterans and civic representatives, and it is believed at least 2,000 gathered around the park’s war memorial for the service.

The crowd was so large that it was impossible for many to hear the service, although once the Last Post was played, as the park’s clock struck 11, the two minute silence was impeccably observed.

Among the organisations taking part in the parade were the Royal British Legion, Police Cadets, Air Cadets, the Salvation Army, Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers. Wreaths from community and political groups were laid, alongside wooden crosses from individuals and families remembering relatives.

South Gloucestershire councillor Ian Boulton, who chaired the group organising the parade, said: “Thank you to everyone who joined us on November 11.The size of the crowd was unprecedented and made us all proud of our community as we demonstrated our desire to remember our fallen and honour our Armed Forces, past and present.”

Remembrance celebrations across the area saw huge turnouts this year. As well as the usual services at cenotaphs, beacons were lit across the country, including at Pomphrey Hill, Siston and Downend, and church bells rang out simultaneously. All the churches in the East Bristol Partnership took part in this  ringing for peace to mark 100 years since the Armistice.