Picture by Robert Bester.

South Holland remembers the fallen

Crowds turned out in their hundreds to remember the fallen at services across South Holland on Sunday.

Notes from The Last Post echoed around war memorials in towns and villages throughout the district to mark the start of two minutes’ silence observed by all.

Veterans aged 100 mingled with teenage cadets in the event which also marked the centenary of the Royal British Legion.

Organisations, both military and civic, were represented at each service and their wreaths layed in solemn respect.

In Holbeach, hundreds of people gathered for a parade which was organised by veterans’ supporter Harold Payne after the parish council decided to cancel it.

Mr Payne arranged for a convoy of more than 30 veteran and vintage military vehicles to take part in the parade.

The convoy made a tour of South Holland memorials during the course of the day and roses were laid at each.

Mr Payne was determined a parade would take place in Holbeach and he was widely supported by people in the town for his actions.

“Well done to Harold and all those involved in helping to make this happen. An incredible turn out and it proves that the town wanted this parade as a mark of respect for those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Well done people. You made Holbeach proud,” said Esmonde Tearle in a Facebook post.

“Fantastic turn out, well done everyone involved and special thanks to Harold,” said Pamela Corney.

Spalding hosted a service at the memorial in Ayscoughfee Gardens where South Holland and the Deepings MP John Hayes was among those laying wreaths and giving a reading.

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