Remembrance parades draw big crowds to honour our fallen heroes

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Hundreds of people attended Remembrance Day events in Horncastle, Woodhall Spa and Coningsby on Sunday.

Dark clouds and heavy rain which had dominated the weather 24 hours earlier disappeared, allowing crowds to take part in the services and parades.

Coningsby's Youth organisations on parade at the War Memorial for the Remembrance Ceremony on Sunday. Photo by Oscarpix Imaging. EMN-140911-221736001

Coningsby's Youth organisations on parade at the War Memorial for the Remembrance Ceremony on Sunday. Photo by Oscarpix Imaging. EMN-140911-221736001

This year, of course, there was extra significance attached to events as they marked the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One.

In Horncastle, the parade assembled at Stanhope Hall where injured soldiers were treated during the Great War.

The parade - which featured veterans and current servicemen - marched down South Street, across into the Bull Ring and then onto High Street before arriving at St Mary’s Church for a service.

There were a number of dignitaries at the event, including the Mayor of Horncastle Councillor Sandra Campbell Wardman.

After the service, the parade reformed in Church Lane and marched to the War Memorial Centre in North Street for a wreath laying ceremony.

It was a similar story in Woodhall Spa where one of the most lasting memories was of a lone veteran placing a wreath on the memorial to the legendary 607 Dambusters Squadron.

District councillor Craig Leyland and Woodhall Spa Parish Council chairman David Clarke joined veterans and servicemen on a march through the centre of the village.

There were a number of events in Coningsby and Tattershall with the Royal British Legion leading a march from Butts Bridge to St Michael’s Church.

There were wreath laying ceremonies at Coningsby War Memorial, Tattershall War Memorial, Coningsby War Graves and Wildmore 
Church.