Thousands mark Remembrance Sunday in Stafford


Marching band

Thousands of people attended the Remembrance Sunday commemorations in Stafford. 

The commemorations began with an open-air service followed by wreath laying at the Borough War Memorial in Victoria Square with the two-minute silence respectfully observed by the large congregation. 

Wreaths were then laid at the County War Memorial before families, residents and visitors lined the streets to watch a parade through the town centre with local servicemen and women. 

The salute was taken by Deputy Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Colonel Adrian Walton MBE - with Stafford Borough Mayor, Councillor Philip Leason MBE, Stafford MP Theo Clarke, Leader of the Borough Council, Patrick Farrington, and other civic dignitaries, in attendance.  

The event is held annually on the Sunday nearest to Remembrance Day on 11 November which marks the anniversary of the end of hostilities in the first World War in 1918.  

Members of the town’s 22 and 16 Signal Regiment, and Tactical Supply Wing of the RAF, as well as representatives from The Royal British Legion, Staffordshire Corps of Drums, scouts, and local cadets, took part in the parade. 

Councillor Leason said: “It was a great honour to be present on such a significant occasion when thousands of local people and visitors came together to remember the sacrifices that many brave men and women gave in conflicts across the world to keep us safe. And this must never be forgotten.” 

Prayers and a two-minute silence were held as part of the Act of Remembrance in Stafford’s Market Square on Friday (11 November). The short ceremony included a bugler playing the Last Post and Reveille.

Press Release No 5968

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