Nottinghamshire stops to remember the war dead

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Thousands of people across the county have attended church services today to remember those who gave their lives fighting for the country.

The wet and windy weather set a sombre mood for the Remembrance Sunday events which included parades and wreath-laying ceremonies.

NMAC Kirkby Remembrance Day Parade

NMAC Kirkby Remembrance Day Parade

Services were well attended, with people young and old gathering to pay their respects to members of the Armed Forces who have been killed in conflict.

Ex-servicemen and women, young army, air and sea cadets and children from Brownies, Scouts and Cubs all took paraded through the streets of their towns and villages.

The Remembrance Day event in Sutton was organised by the Royal Green Jackets Association for the first time, after they took over the task from the Fellowship of the Services.

It began with a parade from Portland Square up to St Mary Magdalene Church before a service was held in the church.

NMAC Kirkby Remembrance Day Parade''The Old soldiers

NMAC Kirkby Remembrance Day Parade''The Old soldiers

This was followed by a service at the Cenotaph where wreaths of poppies were laid and the two minute silence at 11am observed.

Hundreds of people lined the streets even though the rain came down just before the parade set off.

The church was packed and even more people came to the shorter service by the war memorial.

Leonard Dooley, chairman of the East Midlands branch of the Green Jackets, said: “We are very pleased with how it went.

“We would like to say a big thank you to everyone involved.”

Mr Dooley added that they hope that more Green Jackets and other ex-service personnel will come forward to take part in the parade next year.

“We just want to make it bigger and better,” he said.

Roy Harrison, the Green Jackets’ welfare officer and organiser of Sutton’s Remembrance Sunday commemorations, added that it had been lovely to see so many children taking part because they are the future of the event.