Town turns out to remember the fallen

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The town turned out to pay its respects to fallen soldiers and those still serving on Remembrance Sunday.

As the parade made its way from the town hall to Dewsbury Minster, where a service took place, people lined the streets in a mark of respect.

The Dewsbury Remembrance Day Parade on Long Causeway.

The Dewsbury Remembrance Day Parade on Long Causeway.

The parade was organised by members of the Dewsbury Branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) and the Rev Canon Kevin Partington from Dewsbury Minster. Following the service, which was led the Archdeacon of Pontefract Peter Townley, the parade made its way back to the war memorial on Longcauseway.

Shahid Malik, Dewsbury RBL branch patron, also spoke in the minster, and branch chairman Robin Brook led the Exhortation, which was finished by a member of the army cadets. On parade were members of the air, army and sea cadets, representatives of Girlguiding and Scouting associations, civic dignitaries including the Deputy Mayor of Kirklees Coun Ken Smith and members of the police, fire and ambulance service. The parade marshall was Flight Lieutenant Alan Curtis of 96 Squadron Air Cadets.

Wreaths were laid on behalf of the Burma Star Association, of which the Dewsbury branch folded last year.

The Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Iqbal Bhana, represented the Queen and also laid a wreath.

Karen Rourke, secretary of the Dewsbury RBL branch, said: “There was between 200 and 250 people on parade, which was an excellent turn out. The support from members of the public was superb. The crowd clapped the veterans as they passed.

“It was very respectful.

“The people who fought and gave their lives for our future deserve to be continually remembered.”

Plans are already being made for next year’s service, which will be bigger than ever to coincide with the 100th anniversary of World War I.

Dewsbury MP Simon Reevell attended a service in Kirkburton before the Minster service and also accompanied Mr Partington and the Mayor Coun Martyn Bolt to the war memorial in Crow Nest Park for a wreath laying service. He said: “The service was very moving, people of all generations and different lifestyles coming together to remember. Longcauseway was packed with people who came to remember. There always has been and always will be people who are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice. It’s important to take time out of our busy lives to remember that.”

Wreaths were also laid at the war memorial at the cemetery.