For the second year running, we decided to attend the City of Wakefield Remembrance Sunday parade and wreath laying ceremony at the war memorial on Wood Street, to pay our respects.
Some met at Stork Lodge, whilst others met at the car park near Wood Street. Twelve Wakefield MAG members joined a large crowd which had gathered at the Wood Street War Memorial at 10:50. At 10:45, the parade, which had set off from the cathedral, marched up Rishworth Street, led by the 9th Parachute Squadron of the Royal Engineers, in their No.1 uniform and campaign medals, followed by our local TA regiment, army, air & sea cadets, police, fire service, a big group of veterans, scouts and numerous others.
The service started after the 11:00 town hall bells, with the two-minute silence and wreath laying, led by the Very Reverend Jonathan Greener, Dean of Wakefield. Macha Beckett (ex Army CateringCorps) laid our own Wakefield MAG wreath, which we had ordered from the Royal British Legion the previous week.
The service was over by 11:30, and with the weather a bit poor, we all made our respective ways home.
A great thing to do (top idea from Chas last year), and we will be attending again in 2011 (so, keep Sunday 13th November 2011 clear in your diary !!!)