Hundreds turn out for Wokingham Remembrance Parade
November 15, 2012
Veterans, Scouts, Guides, mayors and councillors paraded through Wokingham to honour the memory of those who died serving their country.
Hundreds of people turned out to pay their respects at Remembrance services across the borough on Sunday, including the family of fallen Finchampstead solider Captain David Hicks.
In Wokingham town centre, a two-minute silence was held at 11am to mark Armistice Day before the annual parade in the afternoon.
Councillor Peter Lucey, town mayor, said: “It is important to remember the sacrifice of our servicemen and women.
“It is a remembrance, but also a celebration as we recognise and acknowledge the efforts of our Armed Forces in the past and those currently serving.”
Wokingham MP John Redwood said: “I think we all feel a huge debt to the previous generations who gave their lives for our freedom in two great world wars.
“We are also here to honour those involved in the recent conflict in Afghanistan and to pray for a happy end to that conflict.”
He added: “I think there has been more support for Remembrance events in recent years because of the recent conflict.
“This is the one day of the year we can say thank you and acknowledge what they do.”
The parade, led by St Sebastian Band, started outside the town hall, in Market Place, and headed along Rose Street to All Saints Church, in Wiltshire Road, where a service took place.
Families lined the parade route as the REME Marching Party, Air Cadets, Scouts and Brownies all made their way to the church.
This year’s parade was extra special for Cllr Bob Wyatt, borough mayor, as his 11-year-old granddaughter Millie marched with the Guides.
He said: “It is the best weather for the Sunday Remembrance parade that I can remember.
“It is wonderful to see so many Wokingham townspeople come out for the Remembrance parade.”
In Finchampstead, MP Dr Phillip Lee joined a march from the Memorial Hall, in The Village, to the village memorial for a service.
He said: “It was a great privilege to lay wreaths on behalf of my constituents to commemorate those British service personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country in every conflict since 1918.”
Capt David Hicks’ name was engraved on to the war memorial in Jubilee Road after he was unlawfully killed while on active service in Helmand province of Afghanistan in 2007.
His father Alun said: “It was excellent this year.
“It is a very difficult day every year but we do appreciate it. It is very important that we have the one day of the year when we know the community have taken the trouble to remember.”
Capt Hicks has also been remembered at his former training camp in Canada as a building has been named after him.
Mr Hicks added: “It’s very nice to think people across the world appreciate and remember how difficult it is.”