A century after the war memorial in Bishop's Stortford was first unveiled, hundreds of people of all ages gathered on Remembrance Sunday to pay their respects to the town's 300-plus fallen of the two world wars as well as others who have died in conflicts around the globe.
The memorial, in Castle Gardens, was unveiled on April 3, 1921, to commemorate 207 Stortford men who lost their lives in the Great War of 1914-18. In the 1960s, the names of 107 men and women who died in the Second World War (1939-45) were added.
On Sunday (Nov 14), members of uniformed organisations in the town formed a parade from the Link Road car park, along The Causeway to Castle Gardens for a service of Remembrance. Family members, friends and others lined the route.
The parade was led by the band of the 309 (Sawbridgeworth) Squadron of the RAF Air Cadets, followed by members of the Bishop's Stortford Royal British Legion branch, members of the emergency services and youth organisations including Scouts and Guides.
The service in Castle Gardens was led by Major Alan Frederikson, of the Bishop's Stortford Salvation Army, and the Rev Tim Weeks, chaplain to the Stortford Royal British Legion and part of the Bishop's Stortford deanery team.
The Last Post heralded a two-minute silence at 11am, marked by the firing of maroons from the top of the Waytemore Castle mound, before Reveille was played. Music was provided by the Bishop's Stortford Band and community choir Herts and Soul.
The service featured hymns, prayers, the Acts of Remembrance and Commitment, a reading of the Kohima Epitaph – "When you go home tell them of us and say, For your tomorrow we gave our today" – by Stortford Legion branch president John Robinson, the National Anthem and a blessing.
Wreath-laying took place during the singing of hymn "Eternal Father, strong to save". The first was laid by Stortford mayor Cllr Keith Warnell, followed by Herts county and East Herts district councillor Graham McAndrew on behalf of Hertford and Stortford MP Julie Marson, who was attending Ware's Remembrance service, and East Herts Council vice chairman Ian Devonshire, of Much Hadham. Others were laid by represesentatives of the Legion, service and youth organisations, community groups, relatives and friends.
The parade and service were organised by the town council and the Stortford Royal British Legion.