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Glossop falls silent to honour the war dead on Remembrance Sunday

Glossop people turned out in force on Remembrance Sunday to remember the dead of two world wars and other conflicts.

In the bright autumn sunshine, Norfolk Square and the streets that surround it were packed.

And when the procession marching proudly in from the market square arrived, there were well over 1,000 people waiting to honour the fallen.

With last year's communal service falling victim to Covid-19, a large crowd was expected and, once again, it was a gathering of all ages.

War veterans, medals gleaming in the sun, Army cadets, marching perfectly in step, plus representatives of a wide range of Glossop organisations, joining members of the public for a service that has changed little from those first Armistice commemorations a hundred years ago.

The joint service was conducted by the Rev. Norman Shaw and Father Martin Sylvester, with Glossop Old Band playing for the traditional Remembrance Day hymn 'O God Our Help In Ages Past'.

A bugle played the Last Post as Glossop Royal British Legion standard bearers lowered their flags in memory of the fallen.

Prayers were said and wreaths were laid by Derbyshire Deputy Lord Lieutenant David Holtom, High Peak Mayor Cllr Paul Hardy, followed by MP Robert Largan and members of Glossop Royal British Legion.

Floral tributes and small wooden crosses were then laid by local organisations, the emergency services, schools, social and sports club.

The stone Cenotaph became a sea of red, which grew when the service was over, when people placed individual wreaths and poppies in memory of loved ones.

Once the commemoration was over, the procession marched from Henry Street and down High Street West and past a saluting base in front of the square before returning to the market ground.

Remembrance Day, the eleventh day of the eleventh month, was last Thursday when Cllr Hardy, Royal British Legion members, parade marshall David Halligan and others took part in another well-attended service at Glossop's War Memorial.

Images by Chris Peate

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