Hundreds of people took part in parades in the area on Remembrance Sunday to pay their respects to the country’s fallen heroes.
The parade in Pocklington set off from Pocklington School and stopped at the World War Two memorial, on Grape Lane, and the World War One memorial, on Market Street, for wreath laying ceremonies. The parade ended at The Methodist Church, on Chapmangate, for a service of remembrance.
Les Usher, secretary for the Pocklington branch of the Royal British Legion, said: “There were over 300 people in the parade, plus members of the public watching the parade go by. The new start location went down well. We had lots of help from police, who closed the roads. All in all a good event.”
Market Weighton’s parade started at Southgate park and stopped at All Saints’ Church for the main service. The parade then reassembled and headed to the Memorial Institute on Spring Road, where a second service was held. The parade finished at the social club on Southgate.
Mayor of Market Weighton, councillor Peter Hemmerman, said: “We had a good turnout as usual, we had a lot of youngsters this time which is good.”
In Stamford Bridge, the parade assembled at the entrance to the Bridlington Road estate. It marched to St John the Baptist Church, where a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the war memorial, which was followed by a remembrance service in the church.
After the service, the parade reassembled and marched along Church Road and Low Catton Road and finished along the cycle track by the old station.
For the residents of Catton, there was the usual wreath laying ceremony at the war memorial in the yard of All Saints’ Church after a church service.
Elvington’s service of remembrance was held at the French Memorial in the village. A special public service of remembrance and wreath laying ceremony took place at the Yorkshire Air Museum in Elvington. During the service the Honorary French Consul, Jeremy Burton, awarded nine British veterans of the 1945 D-Day invasion of Europe the Légion d’Honneur on behalf of the French president.
See this week’s Post (12 November) for a picture special of the Remembrance Sunday parade in Pocklington.