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Remembrance Sunday: Shropshire and Mid Wales pay tribute to fallen heroes - with PICTURES

By Aimee Jones | Bridgnorth | News | Published: | Last Updated:

"We will remember them".

Standards are lowered during the Bridgnorth service

Shropshire and Mid Wales fell silent as people gathered for Remembrance Sunday services to remember the fallen.

Generations young and old came together to line routes as parades made their way into towns and villages.

While the Royal family were laying wreaths at the Cenotaph in London, dignitaries in towns and villages across Shropshire and Mid Wales were doing the same.

The Mayor of Bridgnorth Councillor Ron Whittle lays a wreath

In Shrewsbury a procession of town leaders, members of the armed forces and youth organisations, led by Shrewsbury Brass Band, paraded from the castle and down Pride Hill to St Chad's Church.

Crowds gathered in their hundreds to hear the service before the laying of wreaths at the war memorial in the Quarry and a two-minute silence.

Gallery: Shrewsbury remembers

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Mayor of Shrewsbury Phil Gillam was just one of the many town leaders who took part in the service and parade.

He said: "It is extremely important that we remember those that made the ultimate sacrifice during times of war, and as always it was a really wonderful procession and a beautiful service.

"There was a tremendous turnout in Shrewsbury. Days like this are not just for people who have lost a loved one in war, there is a universal respect for those that lived through conflict. We're so lucky to live in a time of peace and get to show our thanks to those who gave so much."

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The Shrewsbury Remembrance Sunday parade

Martin Wood, Shrewsbury Town Crier, said he has been attended the Remembrance Sunday parade for many years and thinks this year was the biggest turnout yet.

"The support shown by the people of Shrewsbury and in fact the whole of Shropshire is just tremendous," he said.

"I think this is the biggest year so far and it was great to see so man youngsters involved. Everyone has got memories that they share and they get passed down the generations. It's great to see people of all ages showing their respect."

In pictures: Crowds gather for Bridgnorth service

Meanwhile in the south of the county, Mayor of Bridgnorth, Ron Whittle, said more people than ever packed out the castle grounds

"I'm so proud of what our armed forces have done," he said. "But at the same time it's still an incredibly sad day. I have a hard time keeping it together when thinking about how many people lost their lives."

The parade through Bridgnorth town centre

Thousands of knitted and crocheted poppies formed a stunning hanging waterfall in south Shropshire to commemorate Remembrance Sunday.

A staggering 4,281 poppies were used to create the spectacle at St Mary's Church in Cleobury Mortimer.

Gallery: Parade in Newport

In Jerusalem, a Shropshire regiment soldier who was killed in action in 1918 was honoured by his granddaughter Julia Ray, who laid a wreath at his final resting place.

Private Charles Edward Griffiths, of Cholmondeston, near Crewe, served in the 10th Battalion of the King's Shropshire Light Infantry.

He was killed in action on March 10 that year, at the age of 28, in the same battle in Palestine in which Private Harold Whitfield of Oswestry, of the same battalion, won the Victoria Cross.

He is buried in a military cemetery in Jerusalem and Julia laid a wreath and was also the guest of the HM Consul General at a remembrance service.

Aimee Jones

By Aimee Jones
@aimeejones_star

Senior reporter based at the Shropshire Star's Shrewsbury office, covering Shrewsbury, North Shropshire and South Shropshire.

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