Parades used to be well organised

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As a boy, along with my brothers as then members of the Boys Brigade, we joined the Remembrance parade in Barker’s Pool.

Then we marched down to the Cathedral for a full church service, year 1932 onwards.

These parades were well organised, with the band changing each year from military or police or others.

Marching in unison were the army detachments, police, fire brigade, cadets, scouts, guides and many more organisations along with veterans of World War One, some in wheelchairs because of wounds received in battle with their medals proudly worn.

Most of the city dignitaries were proud to be present then.

I served in World War Two, as did my brothers and many other young men and women, with thousands paying the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

It is with respect that Remembrance Day is held and we expect respect as do everyone that buys a poppy to pay homage to them by attending these ceremonies.

The Stannington and district branch of the Royal British Legion have held through the years a Remembrance parade in the village with the Reverend Philip West holding the service at the war memorial near Lomas Hall and the church.

The parade is led by a band inclusive of the British Legion, army, navy, RAF cadets, scouts, police, members of Bradfield Parish Council, with the chairperson laying the wreath on the council’s behalf followed by all other representatives along with members of the public, parents and school children with poppy crosses.

There is always a very good turn-out for this parade whatever the weather.

Stannington has a very good bus service and plenty off-street parking, all close by, with little walking for those who have difficulty.

Stannington RBL welcomes all to this parade.

RBL Stannington