Parade was ‘biggest in the country’

The parade departs from Ings Grove Park in Mirfield
The parade departs from Ings Grove Park in Mirfield

HUNDREDS of people packed the streets of Mirfield to pay their respects on Remembrance Sunday.

Organisers believe the 1,600-strong attendance made Mirfield’s parade the biggest civic ceremony of its kind in the country outside Whitehall

Tim Wood, the town’s Royal British Legion branch parade officer, said: “We are going bigger and better every year.”

On Sunday, the parade gathered in Lowlands Road and moved along Station Road and Huddersfield Road to Ings Grove Park.

There a service was led by the Legion’s branch chaplain Ian Grange and 82 wreaths were laid at the war memorial.

The parade included motorcyclists from the Legion’s riders’ branch, war veterans, cadets, air cadets and the Clifton and Lightcliffe Brass Band.

Mirfield MP Simon Reevell and town mayor Coun Pat Sutcliffe attended alongside Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Iqbal Bhana.

Mr Bhana, who has been to the Mirfield parade three times, said: “In Mirfield it is amazing how highly regarded the Remembrance service is.

“I really enjoyed the Mirfield parade. It is one I feel a personal connection with.”

Mr Reevell added: “We just watched and watched as people kept coming and coming.

“I think there is a special sort of magic that appears on Remembrance Sunday. It was pretty poor weather-wise but no one was put off.

“But it’s not just a numbers thing – it’s about all of those who go remembering, and it’s great that Mirfield was able to demonstrate that.”

Mr Wood said that this year’s parade was bigger than the one in Birmingham, which was usually considered the largest civic parade in the country, and the largest parade overall outside Whitehall.

Around 200 people also attended a smaller service in Mirfield on Friday st Ings Grove Park.