Remembrance 2017: Biggleswade, Sandy and Potton pay their respects to the fallen

Marching at Biggleswade Remembrance Sunday service. Picture: Matt Margesson

Marching at Biggleswade Remembrance Sunday service. Picture: Matt Margesson - Credit: Archant

People gathered for a two-minute silence at 11am on Saturday to remember those who have lost their lives in conflict, with this year marking the 99th anniversary of the truce which ended the First World War.

Veterans during the Biggleswade Remembrance Sunday service. Picture: Matt Margesson

Veterans during the Biggleswade Remembrance Sunday service. Picture: Matt Margesson - Credit: Archant

In Biggleswade there was a special Armistice Day service with readings, and prayers before a rendition of the Last Post and a two-minute silence at 11am.

On Sunday there was a Remembrance Day parade starting at Biggleswade War Memorial at 10.45am. Groups of Brownies, Scouts and Guides accompanied the parade along with Biggleswade Sea Cadets, members of the Royal Air Force 49 Inkerman battery, the Royal British Legion, the town mayor and councillors.

Remembrance Day parade in Sandy. Pictures: David Yendall, Media Link Charity photographer.

Remembrance Day parade in Sandy. Pictures: David Yendall, Media Link Charity photographer. - Credit: Archant

In Sandy, the Remembrance Sunday parade set off at 10.50am and marched from Swan Lane to the town’s war memorial. At 11am there was an Act of Remembrance and wreath laying before the parade proceeded to St Swithun’s Church for a special service.

Potton’s Remembrance Sunday parade took place from 10.15am in Market Square then moved to Potton Cemetery for the laying of the wreaths at 11am. Refreshments were served after the service for all attending at the community centre in Brook End.


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The turnout was thought to be the town’s best ever with more than 400 people at the parade.

The service in Market Square was conducted by the Church of St Mary’s rector, the Rev Gill Smith, and Potton Vineyard Church pastor Alan Watson.

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