The eye-watering display of ceramic poppies at the Tower of London has merely served to underline what we have seen over the last decade – a desire to regain our sense of community before it has slipped away forever.
And Remembrance Sunday in Stone has grown from 20 wreaths to 70 in recent years – and from crowds in their 20’s in the 1970s to two to three thousand yet again this year. Please remember, the number of wreaths has now been strictly limited as the sheer number of wreaths threatened to outstrip the allotted time available for laying them, many years ago.
After 27 years of sterling service, the Parade Marshall, Mr David Cumming, took the opportunity to explain that he was standing down after this year’s ceremony – noting himself of the exponential growth in attendances over the last few years. Thanks David, for your continued dedication.
Every year may take the same format, but every year is different. This year the Plane Tree still had a full “head of hair” – in some previous years, the leaves have all but gone, but this year was milder, and as 11 am struck, as in previous years, the sun snook through.
The crowds started arriving as early as 10 am and by the time the parade arrived, Granville Square and the High Street down to the Market Square, half way up Station Road and Radford Street were all shoulder to shoulder as far as the eye could see. The Gazette would like to take this opportunity to once again thank Adam Jones for his kind offer of access to the best vantage point for the ceremony