On Sunday 10th November, Enderby, in common with communities across Britain, joined together in remembering the service and sacrifice, friendship and collaboration of the men and women of Britain, the Commonwealth and Allied nations who fought together.
Contingents from local organisations including Brownies, Guides, Rangers, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts took part part in a Remembrance Sunday Procession, supported by Enderby Band.
They were joined by representatives from the British Legion, civic leaders and Leicestershire Police. Also taking part were friends and relatives of family members who served their country during the two World Wars and in various conflicts since. This includes the Falklands War, the Gulf War, and conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.
This year marks 100 years since the first two-minute silence was observed on Armistice Day, 11th November 1919 and in 2019 the British Legion is marking the 75th anniversaries of the great WW2 battles of 1944.
The procession assembled on Mill Lane close by the Leisure Centre and at 10.30am and moved through the centre of the village, calling at the United Reformed Church for the younger members (cubs beavers brownies and rainbows ) had a service in the United Reformed Church whilst the remainder processed to St.John’s Parish Church in time for the Remembrance Sunday Service.
This year, pillars in the Parish Church were decorated with silhouette-art depictions of soldiers covered with various collages including blackout poetry, photographs, contemporary newspaper cuttings and drawn poppies, supplied by children and staff from Danemill Primary School.
Rev. Jerry Taylor conducted the service during which wreathes were laid at the war memorial inside the church. The congregation heard a roll-call of names of the Enderby fallen from the Great War and WW2.
Once again, the logistical planning and preparation for the procession was headed by Rachel North Spadaccini.
After Sunday’s procession and service some residents took to social media to complain about the lack of poppies decorating the village and citing complacency by the Parish Council.
Responding to the criticisms, Enderby Parish Council chairman, Nigel Grundy wrote on All Things Enderby Community Facebook page “Every year the guides have done a fantastic job of putting up poppy displays in the village. This adds a very personal touch. The Parish council will consider putting poppy displays that will compliment the Guides excellent displays at its next council meeting.”
Some photos from the day…