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Saturday, 19 April 2014

Hundreds turn out to join in remembrance

VETERANS, dignitaries and residents joined in poignant silences to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice at remembrance events across Furness, Copeland and the South Lakes.

In Barrow, hundreds of people assembled outside Barrow Town Hall to take part in the parade. The group walked along Duke Street, up Abbey Road and on to the Cenotaph in Barrow Park where a service of remembrance was held.

Ged Savage, a Royal British Legion member who served in the army from 1966 to 1976, led the parade and said it was an honour to take part.

In Ulverston, the parade travelled from New Market Street to St Mary’s Church, with a brass band playing as the group made its way towards the church.

Janet Eglin, from the Ulverston branch of the Royal British Legion, carried flags in both the Barrow and Ulverston parades and said the groups work together to plan the event. She said: “Everybody makes a contribution towards the remembrance parades and it is important that the cadets are involved.’’

Led by Dalton Town Band, hundreds of people joined a parade from Dalton’s Tudor Square to the town’s war memorial in Station Road, to pay their respects to fallen servicemen and women at 11am.

Dalton mayor, Councillor Barry Doughty, served in the Royal Corps of Signals between 1962 and 1976.

He said: “This day is always poignant for me, remembering mates and friends that have been killed or died. Support is a very important part of our tradition, which I’m proud to say in Dalton has been maintained and carried on by the younger generation.”

Later in the afternoon, about 100 villagers joined at Askam’s war memorial, in Duke Street.

Reverend Allan Mitchell read out the names of those from the village who had lost their lives during the First and Second World Wars.

Askam and Ireleth Parish Council spokeswoman, Liz Gaskell, said: “We’re delighted with the turn out. And it’s nice to see so many young people paying their respects.”

Millom parade organiser, Robert McKellar, was delighted with the turn out. Mr McKellar, who served in the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards for 22 years, said: “It was great to see everyone gathered around the Cenotaph. There must have been a couple of hundred people there and the numbers seem to be increasing every year.”

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