Crowds turn out to pay respects

PACKED: An overspill room was opened at Dewsbury Minster to make room for around 500 people. (d141111103)
PACKED: An overspill room was opened at Dewsbury Minster to make room for around 500 people. (d141111103)
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PEOPLE turned out in force to pay their respects on Remembrance Sunday in Dewsbury.

The Minster was so full that an overspill room was opened to help accommodate some of the estimated 500 people there.

And the service was attended by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Iqbal Bhana.

He said: “I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I thought it was a very well organised and inclusive service. I was extremely impressed.”

Following the service a Remembrance parade, which included cadets from all three armed forces, marched to the Garden of Remembrance in Longcauseway where another short service was held and wreaths were laid.

Brief services were held at the war memorials in Earlsheaton, Batley Carr and Crow Nest Park at the same time.

The Rev Tom Hiney, curate at Dewsbury Minster, said this year’s service was the biggest ever.

He added: “I think in this world of consumerism we respect the self-sacrifice of soldiers and people in the armed forces more and more, especially those who give their lives.

“I think Sunday showed that Dewsbury respects courage and self-sacrifice and deep down Dewsbury has respect for those with big hearts.”

The service in the Minster was led by the Rev Canon Kevin Partington and readings were given by the Mayor of Kirklees Coun Eric Firth and Dewsbury MP Simon Reevell.

Margaret Watson, former deputy editor of the Dewsbury Reporter, led a prayer on behalf of the town’s Roman Catholic community at the Longcauseway service.

Mr Reevell said: “I think there is a huge amount of pride in Dewsbury. It came out when the Rifles came to exercise their freedom of the town and it comes out on Remembrance Day.”

A service was also held last Wednesday at the Garden of Remembrance in Longcauseway.

It was led by the Rev Canon Partington and children from local schools and military veterans planted memorial crosses.