Record turn out for Potters Bar Remembrance Sunday
PUBLISHED: 14:45 15 November 2017 | UPDATED: 18:45 17 November 2017
Hundreds of people gathered to remember the fallen in a moving Remembrance Sunday parade and service in Potters Bar.
The crisp autumnal morning saw veterans, dignitaries, cadets, scouts, brownies, guides and school groups parade through the town to the War Memorial.
Wreaths were laid and speeches made.
Among those to attended was councillor Martin Worster and his wife Pam.
Mr Worster told the Potters Bar Edition: “I have never known so many people to come along.
“There was a record attendance at the memorial.
“It seems to build in strength every year and the patriotism was there to see.
“There were lots and lots of youngsters and it was refreshing to see them.
“It was a very cold day, but it brought many people out.”
Karen Guest, member of Potters Bar Royal British Legion, said: “Year after Year, the people of Potters Bar give generously - their hard earned money and time - towards the Poppy Appeal, in Remembrance.
“The Potters Bar Town Band and Keith Storey Lighting Sound and Technical Services are with us for Remembrance Sunday every year, as are the scouts (5th Potters Bar), guides (2nd Potters Bar), St John Ambulance, the Air Training Corps (57 Squadron) and St. Mary’s Church Choir.
“This is the second Year that Father Stefan Chrysostomou, from St Mary’s Church, in The Walk, has lead the Service for us at the War Memorial.
“It was lovely to see the brownies this year, especially in the year that marks 100 Years of Women at War.
“Stephen Kelly, our parade organiser, brings this event, seemingly seamlessly together.
“Again, year after year.
“I feel honoured to be amongst such a caring and committed community of people and wish everyone in Potters Bar, all the best.”
Mr Worster also praised the police for being on hand to stop the traffic where necessary.
He said: “They did a wonderful job in controlling the traffic.
“It was complete silence during the two minutes without a car passing.”
After laying wreaths at the memorial, there was a service at St Mary’s Church, where Mr Worster read a lesson.
Following the service, he addressed the cadets.
“I thanked them for what they had done and their dedication for the morning,” he said.
Remembrance services also took place in the surrounding villages, including South Mimms at the War Memorial and St Giles Church.