Crowds gather in Welwyn Garden City for Remembrance parade
PUBLISHED: 11:35 14 November 2016 | UPDATED: 11:40 14 November 2016
A parade of service personnel marched through Welwyn Garden City on Remembrance Sunday.
Welwyn Garden City Remembrance Parade 2016
Air Training Corps.
Mayor Pat Mabbott and the chief executive watch parade.
Mayor Pat Mabbott addresses crowds.
Mayor Pat Mabbott places wreaths.
Reverend Jenny Fennell and Reverend John Churcher.
Reverend John Churcher.
Soldiers place wreaths.
The WGC Town Band.
WGC war memorial with poppies.
Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council wreath.
Armed forces personnel parade.
Parade on Howardsgate.
Parade with Mayor Pat Mabbott watching from stand.
Solder guards' memorial.
On Remembrance Sunday, November 13, the parade marched down Parkway and then onto Howardsgate, arriving at the war memorial for 10.40am.
The Service of Remembrance, led by Reverend Jenny Fennell and Reverend Josh Young from St Francis Church, began at 10.50am, and microphones were attached to large speakers so the crowd could hear the prayers and addresses.
The Royal British Legion Welwyn Garden City Branch Padre Reverend John Churcher, Reynold Rosenberg and Amin Khan also helped lead the service.
The poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ by John McCrae was read out, and there was a Royal British Legion Hymn, a bible reading by Mayor Pat Mabbott, The Lord’s Prayer, the National Anthem and The Last Post.
Around 300 people showed up to watch and to observe the two minutes’ silence at 11am.
Organisations including Welwyn Hatfield Council, the armed forces, veterans and Scouts laid wreaths, before the parade continued down the opposite side of Howardsgate.
Mayor Pat Mabbott said: “It was heartening to have seen the community paying their respect to those who have served, and those that continue to serve, in the armed forces.”