Remembrance Sunday in Stansted and Elsenham: Large crowd gathers for parade and service while Women's Institute knitters are also out in force
Those wishing to pay their respects on Remembrance Sunday ensured a larger-than-usual crowd turned out in Stansted.
As the parade of dignitaries, led by soldiers from Carver Barracks at Wimbish, and community representatives made their way from Crafton Green car park at 10.30am down Chapel Hill to the Memorial Gardens outside St John's Church, hundreds of people gathered to witness the moving service in tribute to those who lost their lives in both world wars and subsequent conflicts.
Rev Dr Colin Fairweather, priest-in-charge at St John's, conducted the service. Representatives of community organisations and clubs included Scouts and Guides, pre-school groups and parish and district councillors.
Stansted Parish Council chair Maureen Caton laid a wreath on behalf of the council and said afterwards that the event had been well organised to accommodate the huge numbers who turned out to remember.
"It was a very sombre occasion and the community came out to mark the event," she said. "It was a bigger turnout bearing in mind that we missed last year, and as you looked round the Memorial Gardens there was an awful lot of people there."
Stansted businessman Karim Ullah, who owns Brohmon restaurant in Chapel Hill, said the occasion "brought a tear to my eyes".
"We were very much looking forward to this year's Remembrance Day after last year and it was a fantastic turnout and a wonderful service," he said. "There were easily several hundred people there.
"I took my youngest daughter, Sonia, 8, whom I take every year to the Armed Forces Day as well – it's important that the youngsters understand what people did and that what we enjoy today is thanks to the incredible sacrifice people made. I was so happy to see so many young children from the local schools there as well."
In neighbouring Elsenham, the village Women's Institute group made crocheted poppies which adorned the picket fence at the village railway station and filled the memorial gardens.
Member Gill Hathaway also knitted a beautiful postbox topper, which sat proudly on the gold letter box outside the village stores.