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Chairman praises town’s Remembrance Day turn-out

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: November 14, 2012

By James Brindle

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UTTOXETER paid a respectful tribute to those who fought for their country as crowds packed the Market Place on Remembrance Sunday.

The town fell silent for two minutes at 11am to remember fallen and injured service personnel, past and present.

With Armistice Day falling on Remembrance Sunday this year it added extra significance to the occasion.

The commemorations kicked off with the traditional parade to the War Memorial, in Market Place, by the Royal British Legion (RBL), serving members of the armed forces and many other groups and organisations.

Chairman of the RBL in Uttoxeter Hugh Smalley told the Advertiser it was great to see such a strong turnout from the public on what was a ‘beautiful’ morning in Uttoxeter.

He said: “I’ve already had emails saying it was the best attended parade we have had in recent years and there were a lot of members of the public as well.

“I do recall as we came down towards the War Memorial and saw how many people were there worrying whether everybody would fit in.

“I was so pleased with the weather as it was absolutely beautiful and it was such a beautiful day to the extent that I spent a lot of time walking around shielding my eyes from the sun.

“The church service was good and I conversed with the bell ringers at the church and we had a couple, of peals of bells which I think were very subtly done and were very evocative.”

Saturday night had seen a remembrance concert held at St Mary’s Parish Church featuring the Uttoxeter Brass band and the Heath Chorus and Mr Smalley said that was also a great success.

“The concert was brilliant,” he said.

“Everybody who stood up to the plate did so with great gusto and it all went off very nicely and was very well attended.”

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  • Yes it was very well attended. It has been very well attended for at least the last 6 years. Why not have some readings or a short non religious service outside prior to the two minute silence for all those people who have taken the time to walk down and pay their respects. The vast majority of people do not want to go into church and its about time this was acknowledged.