Thousands of people turned out to pay their respects on Remembrance Sunday in Clacton today (Sunday, 13 November).
Civic dignitaries received a salute from the parade of veterans and local community groups at Clacton Town Hall, before those assembled marched to the town’s war memorial in the Seafront Gardens accompanied by piper Charlie Jones and led by an Air Cadet band.
Reverend David Lower led the Service of Remembrance at the memorial, with hymns accompanied by the Salvation Army band – while Ellie Bould from Tendring Brass bugled the Last Post and Reveille.
Wreathes were laid by dignitaries and veterans’ groups representatives.
Peter Harris, Chairman of Tendring District Council, did a reading during the service and thanked all those who attended.
“There is always a large turnout in Clacton with people young and old joining together in this collective act of Remembrance; it is heart-warming,” Councillor Harris said.
“As a community we remember the sacrifice made by everyone who has given their life in the course of conflict over the years, whether that be those from the Second World War – veterans of which joined us today – or the Falklands, which marks its 40th anniversary this year.”
Dan Casey, President of the Clacton Royal British Legion, added: “Remembrance Sunday is such an important occasion, where we remind ourselves not only of lives lost but of the dangers and impact of war. To have so many people come out and pay their respects means so much to those who have served and their families.
“An integral part of the service is our commitment: ‘We will remember them’. We must never forget those who fight for us or the bloodshed caused by war, and also ensure that message is given to the generations who come after us – which is why it is always pleasing to see so many young people mark Remembrance Sunday.”