Help us honour service men and women on Remembrance Sunday

EVERY year more than 1,000 people flock to Mirfield for the Remembrance Day parade.

And the job of making sure the narrow streets are prepared for the crowds, the veterans, the servicemen and women and marching bands falls to just a small group of volunteers, including Old Colonial Club landlord and former policeman Tim Wood, ex servicemen Barry Fretwell and Paul Shillito.

The group, part of Mirfield's Royal British Legion, organises the event every year. And as the parade and service get bigger and better, the volunteers need more adults to help out.

Mr Wood said: "The war memorial was built around 1920 and since then there has been a Remembrance Service there. In the last 10 years it's escalated and the marching contingent is one of the biggest in Yorkshire.

"The preparation starts in May or June, getting people geed up and active. We also have to apply for road closures."

Mr Shillito, who organises the Poppy Appeal, welcomed the fact that young people's groups like the Junior Legion, air cadets, Scouts and Guides were getting on board.

But he said overall the number of helpers had fallen: "We really need help with poppies and people to help set up. We can't go door-knocking but we can drop envelopes through letterboxes."

Mr Fretwell said the parade had always been popular: "I have been involved with running the service since 1980 and I have been on parade since I came out of the forces in 1960.

"We do get lads who are home on leave at that time and this year we have six Gurkha rifles for the first time. None of the Guides and Scouts drop out if the weather is bad. The little ones will march whatever the weather."

* Sunday's parade will assemble no later than 1.40pm in Lowlands Road and sets off at 2pm. The service and wreath-laying at Ings Grove Park War Memorial will be at about 2.15pm.