Dunstable fell silent as it remembered

Remembrance Sunday, Dunstable 2015: Photos: John Chatterley

Remembrance Sunday, Dunstable 2015: Photos: John Chatterley

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Dunstable remembered the men and women of the town who gave their lives in the two World Wars and later conflicts at the Remembrance Parade and Service held on Sunday.

The parade of the town’s ex-service and uniformed organisations marched from Grove House Gardens to the War Memorial in Priory House Gardens, where the Deputy Lord Lieutenant Cynthia Gresham, Town Mayor Cllr Liz Jones and the Chairman of Central Bedfordshire Council Cllr David Bowater, took the salute.

Remembrance Sunday, Dunstable 2015: Photos: John Chatterley

Remembrance Sunday, Dunstable 2015: Photos: John Chatterley

Hundreds then gathered at the War Memorial in Priory House Gardens to pay their respects to the servicemen and women who gave their lives in conflicts past and present.

As the autumn leaves fell, the bugler sounded the Last Post, the two minutes silence was observed and then the bugler sounded the Reveille.

The Dunstable Town Council chief executive and town clerk David Ashlee then gave the Exhortation, this was followed by the Kohima Epitaph read by Cllr Terry Colbourne.

Mrs Gresham, Cllr Jones, Cllr Bowater and Andrew Selous MP then led the laying of wreaths at the War Memorial, joined by armed forces veterans and organisations together with pupils from many Dunstable schools.

The Rev Richard Andrews closed the War Memorial remembrance ceremony with prayers and a blessing and then all were invited to join the inter-denominational service in the Priory Church.

Cllr Jones said: “It was great to see so many people paying their respects. The atmosphere was memorable and very special. I would like to thank everyone that attended especially the many young people from the schools and the town’s uniformed organisations together with Parade Commander Warrant Officer Stephen Bell.”