Shropshire Star

Hundreds gather in Bridgnorth to remember the fallen

Hundreds of people in Bridgnorth braved the rain to pay their respects as the town's annual Remembrance Parade took place over the weekend.

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The parade making its way to the War Memorial (Picture Kirstie Hurst-knight)

Organisers, the Royal British Legion (RBL), said it was the "biggest turn out yet" for an event that has gone from "strength to strength" over the last 13 years,

A rolling road closure was in place on Sunday, November 12, as the parade began on Whitburn Street at 10.10am, led by the RAD Cadet Band.

The Remembrance Parade, organised by the Bridgnorth branch of the Royal British Legion, made its way along the High street and West Castle Street to the Castle grounds.

A service took place at the Castle Grounds at 10.45am before wreaths were laid at the town's war memorial.

This was followed by a church service at St Mary’s Church at 11.30am.

Despite the weather, hundreds line Bridgnorth's streets to watch the parade go by and Castle Gardens was full as people came to remember the fallen in conflicts since 1914.

Organiser, John Whitty of the Bridgnorth branch of the RBL said: "I can't thank the people of Bridgnorth enough for coming to pay their respects.

"In the 13 years I have been putting this on we have not had rain and I expected it to dampen people's spirits but the turnout was probably they biggest we have had yet. So many people came.

"The Remembrance Parade has gone from strength to strength since we have been doing and we have such a lovely venue in Castle Gardens with the bandstand it is a really lovely event. It was also wonderful to see the young people of the cadets take part, some only 14 years old. There were some very touching moments."

Shropshire and Bridgnorth councillor, Kirstie Hurst-Knight, who laid a wreath on behalf of local MP Philip Dunne, said: "I can’t believe the turn out it was incredible and so many in the parade as well as watching , the rain certainly didn’t stop us.

"I was involved in the Poppy Appeal launch for Shropshire and I’m always incredibly proud of the generosity of Bridgnorth we raise a huge amount for the RBL."

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