Remembrance 2018: Biggleswade, Sandy and Potton mark WWI armistice centenary

PUBLISHED: 16:19 12 November 2018 | UPDATED: 09:15 13 November 2018

Biggleswade Remembrance Day 2018. Picture: GUY WILLS

Biggleswade Remembrance Day 2018. Picture: GUY WILLS

Guy Wills

Hundreds gathered in Biggleswade, Sandy and Potton for Remembrance Sunday services – which also marked 100 years since the First World War Armistice.

Biggleswade Remembrance Day 2018. Picture: GUY WILLSBiggleswade Remembrance Day 2018. Picture: GUY WILLS

The Biggleswade branch of the Royal British Legion welcomed all to its remebrance service, which took place at the town’s war memorial in Market Square at 10.45am.

Some spectators took to Facebook to highlight the impressive turnout.

Biggleswade Remembrance Day 2018. Picture: GUY WILLSBiggleswade Remembrance Day 2018. Picture: GUY WILLS

The Cambridge Hair Company said: “Amazing turnout.

“It is rare to see a whole community come together and the respect for those who fought and those who lost their lives for this country was thick in the air.

Biggleswade Remembrance Day 2018. Picture: GUY WILLSBiggleswade Remembrance Day 2018. Picture: GUY WILLS

“We were very proud and humbled to be part of the remembrance service in Biggleswade.”

Potton residents filled Market Square at the start of the commemorative events wich were planned in the town throughout the day.

Biggleswade Remembrance Day 2018. Picture: GUY WILLSBiggleswade Remembrance Day 2018. Picture: GUY WILLS

The Remembrance Sunday events started with a short service before proceeding to the war memorial at the Sandy Road cemetery.

Following this, a very long column was formed for the walk to the war memorial where the service continued with the Act of Remembrance.

Biggleswade Remembrance Day 2018. Picture: GUY WILLSBiggleswade Remembrance Day 2018. Picture: GUY WILLS

All the names of Potton’s fallen sons from past conflicts were read out by Councillor Alan Leggett.

As each name was called, a member of one of the town’s uniformed youth groups came forward with a wooden cross which were planted in a grass area near the memorial.

Biggleswade Remembrance Day 2018. Picture: GUY WILLSBiggleswade Remembrance Day 2018. Picture: GUY WILLS

In Sandy, the parade began in Swan Lane moved to the war memorial in Bedford Road for a two-minute silence and laying of wreaths.
The parade then moved towards Sandy parish church for a service starting at around 11.30am. Following the service, the parade reassembled and marched on to Market Square.

Elsewhere in Bedfordshire, Derwent Lower School in Henlow attended a remembrance service at RAF Henlow on Thursday.

Biggleswade Remembrance Day 2018. Picture: GUY WILLSBiggleswade Remembrance Day 2018. Picture: GUY WILLS

The service was led by the base chaplin, Padre Tony, who talked about the importance of remembering those who have fought, such as those who lost their lives during the First World War.

The children also made poppies in school which they have planted at the RAF Henlow as a mark of respect.

Biggleswade Remembrance Day 2018. Picture: GUY WILLSBiggleswade Remembrance Day 2018. Picture: GUY WILLS

Biggleswade Remembrance Day 2018. Picture: GUY WILLSBiggleswade Remembrance Day 2018. Picture: GUY WILLS

Biggleswade Remembrance Day 2018. Picture: GUY WILLSBiggleswade Remembrance Day 2018. Picture: GUY WILLS

Biggleswade Remembrance Day 2018. Picture: GUY WILLSBiggleswade Remembrance Day 2018. Picture: GUY WILLS

Potton Remembrance Service. Picture: Sam Orchard JonesPotton Remembrance Service. Picture: Sam Orchard Jones

Potton Remembrance Service. Picture: Sam Orchard JonesPotton Remembrance Service. Picture: Sam Orchard Jones

Potton Remembrance Service. Picture: Nathan BakerPotton Remembrance Service. Picture: Nathan Baker

Potton Remembrance Service. Picture: Nathan BakerPotton Remembrance Service. Picture: Nathan Baker

Potton Remembrance Service. Picture: Richard InglisPotton Remembrance Service. Picture: Richard Inglis

Potton Remembrance Service. Picture: Sam HallybonePotton Remembrance Service. Picture: Sam Hallybone

Potton Remembrance Service. Picture: Sam HallybonePotton Remembrance Service. Picture: Sam Hallybone

Potton Remembrance Service. Picture: Dave ThompsonPotton Remembrance Service. Picture: Dave Thompson

Potton Remembrance Service. Picture: Dave ThompsonPotton Remembrance Service. Picture: Dave Thompson

Potton Remembrance Service. Picture: Dave ThompsonPotton Remembrance Service. Picture: Dave Thompson

Potton Remembrance Service. Picture: Dave ThompsonPotton Remembrance Service. Picture: Dave Thompson

Potton Remembrance Service. Picture: Dave ThompsonPotton Remembrance Service. Picture: Dave Thompson

Potton Remembrance Service. Picture: Dave ThompsonPotton Remembrance Service. Picture: Dave Thompson

Students from Derwent Lower School visited the RAF base in Henlow as part of Remembrance. Picture: James AdkinsStudents from Derwent Lower School visited the RAF base in Henlow as part of Remembrance. Picture: James Adkins

Students from Derwent Lower School visited the RAF base in Henlow as part of Remembrance. Picture: James AdkinsStudents from Derwent Lower School visited the RAF base in Henlow as part of Remembrance. Picture: James Adkins

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