Honouring the fallen
12:36pm Mon Nov 12, 2012
Several hundred people lined the streets of Newark as the town marked Armistice Day bathed in glorious sunshine.
A parade made up of members of the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry, the Newark branch of the Royal British Legion, representatives from the ex-service associations, Sea, Army, and Air Cadets, St John Ambulance, and the fire police and ambulance services, marched from London Road through Cartergate to the war memorial outside Newark Parish Church.

Prayers were said at the memorial by the Rector of Newark, Reverend Vivian Enever, before a two-minute silence was impeccably observed.

The Mayor of Newark, Mrs Irene Brown, and members of other organisations and services including Newark Sea Cadets and the Army Cadets, laid wreaths.

A well-attended remembrance service took place in the church.

The lessons were read by Major Richard March, of Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry, and Mr Fred Dixon, president of the Newark branch of the Royal British Legion.

During his sermon, Mr Enever spoke about drawing inspiration from some of the psalms, to find progression from despair to hope.

Mr Dixon read the Act of Homage, before the service ended with the national anthem.

There was a processsion from the church into the Market Place where the salute was taken by Brigadier Michael Browne, acting as the Lord Lieutenant's representative, Mrs Brown, Mr Dixon, and Mrs Marika Tribe, the chairman of Newark and Sherwood District Council.

Serving soldier Corporal Andrew Skinner, from Newark, said: "It's all about remembering our friends and fellow soldiers who have fallen.

"I've had several mates who have died fighting, and today is all about paying our respects to them, and the turn-out today has been really good, especially for a little town like Newark."

Lance-corporal David Hughes, a father-of-two, said: "It's good to remember our friends. It just brings the country together, which is important.

"It's nice for the soldiers as well.

Mrs Iris Shepley, 77, of Walter Close, Newark, who was among the crowd, said: "It's important to remember all the people that have fought for us.

"My grandfather fought and died in the Boer War, he was only a young musician, and it's good to be able to honour their memories on days like today."

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