Parades and prayers in Rutland honour the fallen

The Remembrance Sunday parade in Oakham. Photo: Alan Walters MSMP091114-002aw EMN-141011-104946001 EMN-141011-104946001
The Remembrance Sunday parade in Oakham. Photo: Alan Walters MSMP091114-002aw EMN-141011-104946001 EMN-141011-104946001
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Hundreds lined the streets of Oakham on the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War to remember those who died in conflicts.

Representatives from the Royal British Legion, the three armed forces and other dignitaries marched through the town to the war memorial, where readings and the Last Post were followed by a two minute silence.

Poppy wreaths were then laid by various people including Oakham mayor Jayne Woodcock.

Rutland and Melton MP Alan Duncan (Con) was one of those who paid tribute on the day. He said: “As ever, the town turned out in force to pay its respects and I am sure everyone will agree that it did itself, and those we were there to honour, proud.”

Remembrance events were held across the county. In Braunston, Catmose College pupil Rhys Callaghan volunteered to play the Last Post at the village was memorial. His grandfather John raised and lowered the flag.

The service was taken by Alan Rudge and the reading was given by Chris Bichard, with about 30 villagers in attendance.

One of those who paid their respects was. Lynn Cooper. She said: “It was more significant being the 100th anniversary and it was lovely to see more people than 
usual.

“I especially enjoyed the young trumpet player as it added more atmosphere and solemnity to the occasion.”