25th Oct, 2016

Respects are paid in Pershore

Evesham Editorial 13th Nov, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

PERSHORE paid its respects to those who gave their lives in the First and Second World Wars with well attended Remembrance services.

The Royal British Legion Remembrance Parade was blessed with good weather on Remembrance Sunday (November 9) and an estimated 2,000 people lined the streets to pay their respects.

The Band of the West Midlands Fire Service led the parade through the town centre to a full capacity congregation at Pershore Abbey’s memorial service.

Roy Burford from the Pershore and District RBL said: “The RBL Pershore and District Branch along with the RNA express their sincere thanks to all the numerous associations who brought the march to such high standards.”

Youngsters from schools across Pershore paid their respects to fallen soldiers during a special service at the town’s Commemorative Garden.

Pupils from Pershore High, Abbey Park Middle School, Abbey Park First School, Cherry Orchard First School and Holy Redeemer Primary School all took part in the service on Armistice Day (Tuesday).

The winning poem of the Pershore Poppy Appeal Poetry Competition was once again read out by 15-year-old Bethany Ireland

Tuesday (November 11), also saw Pershore Cemetery host its Armistice Day service which has been running since 1945 in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Garden within Pershore Cemetery.

Wreaths were laid in remembrance at the Cross of Sacrifice during the service organised by Pershore Royal British Legion.

Lt Cmdr Christian Brown of the Royal Canadian Navy was be joined by members of the Royal Naval Association, the Mayor and Mayoress of Pershore and other civic leaders for the service.

Civic dignitaries saluted members of the parade.

The parade leaving Pershore Abbey. (s)

Members of local armed forces groups also took part in the parade.

The band of the West Midlands Fire Service led the parade through the town centre. Picture by Andrew Burge