Tributes paid with poppies help to show our gratitude

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Thousands of people took part in an emotional Remembrance Sunday ceremony in Sheffield as the city paid their respects to the nation’s war dead.

Massive crowds attended yesterday’s ceremony in Barker’s Pool in the city centre, warmly applauding the hundreds of young cadets and past and present military personnel as they marched in and out.

On a sunny autumn morning, a bugler from the Salvation Army Band played The Last Post just before 11am as the city fell silent.

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Organisers said they were delighted with the show of respect from the people of Sheffield in the centenary year of the outbreak of World War One, with crowds more than a dozen deep in some parts of the city centre.

Christine Spencer, chairman of the Sheffield and Districts Joint Council of Ex-Service Associations, which helped arrange the event, said she was pleased with the large turnout.

She said: “It was on a par with previous years. With the weather being so nice, maybe more people were out and there were out in position a lot earlier than in the past. It was very emotional and I think everything went smoothly.”

Dignitaries including Coun Peter Rippon, Lord Mayor of Sheffield, and Chief Constable David Crompton, of South Yorkshire Police, laid wreaths as part of the ceremony.

Coun Rippon said: “We all have a duty to remember and reflect on what the armed services have done for us, and continue to do for us, in serving their country in conflicts around the world. They risk their lives so that we can enjoy our freedom.”

It was an especially emotional day for members of 38th Signals Regiment.

The Manor Top-based regiment is being disbanded as part of a reorganisation of the Army Reserves and was involved in the organisation of the city’s Remembrance Sunday parade for the last time this year.

Captain Tim Hodgkins, adjutant of the 38 Signals, announced the arrival of detachments from Royal Engineers, Royal Signals, Royal Medical Corp, Sea Cadets, Army Cadets and Air Force Cadets, with music provided by the Salvation Army Band.

There were other special ceremonies across the region, including Chesterfield, Bolsover and Doncaster, with churches across the region packed with those paying their respects.

There was an especially poignant ceremony at Shiregreen Cemetery which was organised by Ann Fellows and Nicolette Williams – whose sons Royal Marine Lance Corporal Jamie Fellows and Senior Aircraftman Christopher Bridge were killed in Afghanistan.

In Rotherham, a ceremony was held the town’s war memorial in Clifton Park, while in Barnsley the service took place outside the town hall.

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