Mirfield honours the fallen

Mirfield Rembrance service.
Mirfield Rembrance service.

MORE than 1,300 people turned out on Remembrance Sunday to pay their respects to the country’s fallen soldiers.

People lined the streets, joined the parade and took part in the service round the war memorial in Ings Grove Park, Huddersfield Road.

Mirfield Rembrance service.

Mirfield Rembrance service.

Tim Wood, who organises the parade with the Mirfield branch of the Royal British Legion every year, said: “The roads were absolutely packed. It was brilliant.

“The police said they had done parades before and they said they were really impressed with the numbers that turned out.”

War veterans and families were joined by Mirfield Army and Air Cadets, Mirfield Royal British Legion and Royal Air Force Association members, Mirfield councillors, young people’s groups including Guides and Scouts, and people wishing to honour soldiers who gave their lives in battle, and those who continue to fight in wars.

The parade marched from Lowlands Road along Huddersfield Road to Ings Grove Park, where a service was held.

Mirfield Rembrance service.

Mirfield Rembrance service.

As well as traditional wreaths, purple poppies were laid in memory of animals who died in war. This custom, started by Animal Aid in 2007, was introduced to Mirfield by former Mayoress Gillian Lockwood, and will continue every year.

Meanwhile, a smaller service was held outside Mirfield Library last Friday.

A crowd including war veterans and Mirfield councillors gathered to hear music played by pupils from the Mirfield Free Grammar School and a sermon by Royal British Legion minister Ian Grange.