WAR veterans and school children were among the hundreds of people in the Brighouse area who paid tribute to those who lost their lives or suffered injury in conflict.
And while some Remembrance services and ceremonies were better attended than others, the chairman of the Brighouse branch of the Royal British Legion, Keith Iles, said it was heartening to see so many people. “I would like to thank everyone that contributed. It was one of the best years and I think the weather helped.
Children from schools in the area marked the Remembrance weekend when a two minutes’ silence was held at 11am last Friday. They included St John’s Academy, Clifton, where children marched to the village war memorial for a short service led by Rev Dr Stephen Spencer and wreath laying.
Children from Rastrick Independent School and Longroyde Junior School, Rastrick, held services in the school grounds when crosses bearing poppies were planted.
Rastrick High School also held a special service in their Forget-Me-Not garden.
There were slight problems on Saturday for the wreath laying in the Royal British Legion Garden of Remembrance in Thornton Square due to the police not turning up to stop the traffic. But Mr Iles said it did spoil it slightly but there was a good turn out including members of the scout association and councillors Colin Stout (Ind, Brighouse) and Scott Benton (Con, Brighouse) for the service led by Rev Spencer.
The memorial garden in Bailiff Bridge saw around 750 people pay their respects to soldiers who had died or injured while serving their country.
A record number of 28 wreaths were laid with representatives from the Guides, Scouts, Brownies, Rainbows, schools, and businesses. There was also one from the Queen laid by Neil Davidson, assistant Lord Lieutenant for West Yorkshire.
The service was taken by Rev Steph Jenner and Rev Kathryn Buck and Councillors David Kirton and Graham Hall (both Con, Hipp/Light) attended. Malcolm Silkstone said it was lovely to see people of all ages and he would like to thank everybody who turned up and helped.
The deputy Mayor of Calderdale, and local councillor Christine Beal (Con, Rastrick) attended the service held at St Matthew’s Church, Rastrick, before a procession to Rastrick Library for wreath laying led by Rev Matthew Pollard.
The congregation at Central Methodist Church, Brighouse, enjoyed a lovely service with the venture scouts. The Last Post was played by Joseph Round and Tony Stafford laid the wreaths.
There was a service and wreath laying at The Stray, Lightcliffe,
The Mayor of Calderdale, Councillor John Hardy attended the service at Brighouse Parish Church where there was a noticeable increase in attendants. Wreaths were then laid at the cenotaph in Rydings Park, Brighouse.