Remembering our fallen

Remembrance Day parade and service at Fleetwood Cenotaph, Memorial Park, Fleetwood.
Remembrance Day parade and service at Fleetwood Cenotaph, Memorial Park, Fleetwood.

CIVIC leaders laid wreaths to the fallen as hundreds of servicemen and women, residents and cadets, paid their respects on Remembrance Sunday.

The fire service, coastguard, councillors and the town’s MP all placed wreaths in the Memorial Gardens to show their respect for heroes who have lost their lives at war.

Eddie Holt, 89, of Pharos Street, Fleetwood, was a prisoner in Germany during the Second World War and took part in the parade.

He said: “We are all happy to come out and show our respect because it’s a great occasion.

“I’m still proud of all the troops serving today, and this is a superb day for everyone involved in the forces.”

Glenys Lee, 60, of Galloway Road, Fleetwood, attended the service to pay her respects to her uncle John Bunnell, who is named on the cenotaph in the town’s Memorial Gardens.

She said: “I started coming here as a child because my uncle is named on the cenotaph, so it’s important for me to be here.”

Wreaths were laid by Don Lawrenson, the mayor of Wyre, Eric Ollerenshaw, MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood and by members of the ex-servicemen and women association and the armed forces.

Fallen heroes were remembered during two further emotional tributes in Wyre.

Residents who attended services in Poulton and Preesall were joined by the mayor Don Lawrenson, Coun Peter Gibson, the leader of Wyre council, and Kayley White, the authority’s young mayor.

The parade in Poulton, which involved past and present members of the Armed Forces, marched from the Old Town Hall to the war memorial in Market Place, followed by a service at the Parish Church of St Chad.

Families and youngsters were joined by the town’s veterans, as wreaths were laid from more than 20 groups.