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Farnham remembers

Mayor lays wreath Remembrance Sunday 2016.

Farnham’s Remembrance Sunday parade saw over one thousand people coming together as a community to reflect and remember those who lost their lives while serving in the armed forces.

The formal Remembrance Sunday parade was organised by the British Legion and Farnham Town Council. It began with the Mayor of Farnham, Councillor John Ward, local dignitaries and members of the public assembling at the town’s refurbished War Memorial in Gostrey Meadow for a service.

The two-minute silence at 11am was followed by Steve Burgess, a bugler from Alder Valley Brass Band, playing the Last Post and Reveille and an Irish military piper playing a lament. The Mayor, veterans, community organisations and members of the public were then invited to lay wreaths.

After the service, representatives of the Farnham-based Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, members of the armed forces, uniformed services and local Scout and Guide groups set off for a March Past. The salute was taken by the Deputy Lieutenant of Surrey, Brigadier Roger Hood QVRM, TD, DL who was accompanied by the vice president of the Royal British Legion Percy Bartlett.

Speaking after the parade, Councillor John Ward, the Mayor of Farnham said: “This year’s parade has been described as the biggest in memory with more people attending than ever before. It was very touching to see veterans, members of the public and so many young people standing proud and uniting to remember those who have died.”

Other Remembrance services took place at the war memorials at Badshot Lea, Hale, Rowledge, St. Thomas on the Bourne, St. Peter’s at Wrecclesham and Weybourne.

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