REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 9TH NOVEMBER 2014
We knew that the 2014 Parade and service would be a memorable occasion that would be well attended. Our expectations were exceeded. The number of participants in the parade was bigger than ever. The people of Pontefract are always supportive of Remembrance Sunday and this year the crowds lined the parade route all the way from the Town Hall to the war memorial. All ages were represented from the very young to elderly veterans. It is very pleasing to get such strong support from the schools and youth organisations.
The wreath-laying ceremony around the war memorial was very moving. After the bugler sounded The Last Post the throngs of people stood in respectful silence until Reveille was played. British Legion member, Barry Hampton in World War One uniform stood at The Present and Reverse Arms at the War Memorial during the ceremony. We were very fortunate to have 3 pensioners from the Royal Hospital, Chelsea on parade this year. (Ron Shaw, Nick Clark and Les Roper).
This was a very fitting commemoration of the centenary of the start of WW1