Sheffield city centre came to a standstill this morning as thousands of people paid an emotional and poignant tribute to the nation’s war dead on Remembrance Sunday.
Huge crowds attended the ceremony in Barker’s Pool and warmly applauded the hundreds of past and present military personnel as they marched in and out.
In crisp but sunny conditions, dignitaries including Lord Mayor Peter Rippon and South Yorkshire Police chief constable David Crompton laid wreaths, while a bugler from the Salvation Army Band played the Last Post just before 11am.
Coun Rippon said: “We all have a duty to remember and reflect on what the armed services have done for us, and continue to do for us, in serving their country in conflicts around the world. They risk their lives so that we can enjoy our freedom.”
It was an especially emotional day for members of 38th Signals Regiment.
The Manor Top based regiment is being disbanded as part of a reorganisation of the Army Reserves and was involved in the organisation of the city’s Remembrance Sunday parade for the last time this year.
Captain Tim Hodgkins, adjutant of the 38 Signals, announced the arrival of detachments from Royal Engineers, Royal Signals, Royal Medical Corp, Sea Cadets, Army Cadets and Air Force Cadets, with music provided by the Salvation Army Band.
In Rotherham, there was a wreath-laying ceremony and silence at the town’s war memorial in Clifton Park, while in Barnsley the service took place outside the town hall.
*Full story and pictures in tomorrow’s Star