District’s tribute to its war dead

Ilkeston Remembrance day service. Mayor of Erewash Cllr Jennifer Hulls Leaves Ilkeston Town hall for the church service.
Ilkeston Remembrance day service. Mayor of Erewash Cllr Jennifer Hulls Leaves Ilkeston Town hall for the church service.
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Hundreds of Ilkeston folk were united in a tribute to the town’s war dead during a Remembrance Sunday service and march.

Members of the Royal British Legion were joined by Mayor Jennifer Hulls and Erewash MP Jessica Lee as well as representatives from many local groups.

Ilkeston Remembrance day service.

Ilkeston Remembrance day service.

The Ilkeston event began with the traditional Armistice Day parade at 9.30am.

The march made its way to St Mary’s Church for the Remembrance Service followed by the Act of Remembrance and wreath laying at the Market Place Cenotaph.

Ilkeston Royal British Legion branch secretary Ken Foster told the Advertiser he was delighted with the good turnout.

He said: “By the time we got into the church it was standing room only and when we came out for the wreath laying there was a good crowd of people around for the short service we had.

Ilkeston Remembrance day Parade

Ilkeston Remembrance day Parade

“I was really pleased with the whole day. If a lot of people saw us and realised what we were doing then all the better.”

This year there was a lot of involvement with youngsters in the town as well.

Ahead of Remembrance Day last week children from Chaucer Junior School laid crosses at Ilkeston Park Cemetery.

And on the day two pupils from St John Houghton were on hand to pay their respects at the Cenotaph and a wreath from Cotmanhay Juniors had also been laid at the memorial.

Ilkeston Remembrance day Parade

Ilkeston Remembrance day Parade

“It was great to see because it shows that the kids are reacting and are remembering and they know what it is all about,” added Mr Foster. “I was really choked up when I saw them.”

A parade and Remembrance Service was also held in Long Eaton, attended by Erewash deputy mayor Valerie Clare.

Hundreds in Long Eaton also basked in early winter sunshine as they assembled around the town’s war memorial to remember those of the town who have fallen in the service of their country.

A column of veteran and youth organisations marched through the town led by the Long Eaton Silver Prize Band, to assemble for a service of remembrance, led by the Bishop Roger Jupp.

Ilkeston Remembrance day service. Vetrans arrive at the church

Ilkeston Remembrance day service. Vetrans arrive at the church

After the two minute silence wreaths were laid by the assembled organisations.

The first was laid by deputy mayor Valerie Clare on behalf of the town.

This was followed by wreaths from the Royal British Legion, the Royal Air Force association and other Veteran Associations, cadet organisations and youth movements.