The annual Remembrance Sunday parade and service in Sleaford saw tremendous support from townsfolk.
Recently appointed chairman of the Sleaford Branch of the Royal British Legion Maj Clive Candlin said the support for the event was ‘fantastic’.
He said: “Our thanks go out to the people for supporting us. I have previously been away supporting my son who is a serving major in the British Army, so I was really pleasantly surprised at the major support by the people of the town and the young cadets, Boys and Girls Brigades, youngsters from the Scouting groups and veterans. It was a very moving service.”
The parade set off from Station Road, marching up Southgate, before gathering in the Market Place for the service taken by the town’s church leaders and forces veterans.
Maj Candlin had been inside St Denys’ Church briefing dignitaries and said to come out into the Market Place to see a sea of people watching along with all the units in formation, brought home to him just how much Remembrance means to local people.
He added: “With the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and the poppy display in London, it seems to have brought it home to people there is much more to Remembrance than a poppy.”
The branch had set out to surpass last year’s Poppy Appeal collection total of £24,000 and Maj Candlin said early indications looked positive, although they did not have a figure yet.
He said: “The people of Sleaford’s support is vital to enable the legion to carry out its duties of caring for ex-service personnel and their families.”
This year’s Poppy Prom at St George’s Academy hall was hugely successful, raising £4,000.
After the service, the parade marched past the commanding officer of RAF Digby, Wing Commander Sam Watts, to take the salute, joined by other local civic dignitaries.
The Remembrance ceremony was mirrored in villages across the Sleaford area, as well as a county Festival of Remembrance concert held in Whittle Hall at RAF College Cranwell on Sunday afternoon.