Young and old pay tribute to the fallen in Staple Hill
Published on: 26 Nov 2013
HUNDREDS of people lined Staple Hill’s High Street on Remembrance Sunday in tribute to the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
They followed a parade of veterans, serving armed forces, cadets, a Salvation Army band and other uniformed organisations which made its way from the Royal British Legion in Kendall Road to Page Park.
During a service at the park’s war memorial, wreaths were laid and a two-minute silence held at 11am.
South Gloucestershire chairman and Staple Hill councillor Ian Boulton laid the first wreath at the memorial.
He said: “Every year Page Park falls silent at 11am as Staple Hill hosts the key ceremony within South Gloucestershire and our parliamentary constituency to mark Remembrance Day.
“It is always an honour to lay a wreath, however this year was particularly moving for me as I had the privilege to lay the first wreath on behalf of South Gloucestershire. The number who attend is increasing as more people want to join together to take a relatively brief moment to remember the men and women who have died in the service of our country.”
Staple Hill councillor Shirley Potts said: “It is always moving during the ceremony at Page Park and at the local religious services to witness the people of Staple Hill paying tribute to those who gave their lives when fighting for freedom.
“This year it was particularly gratifying to see the increased numbers of young people attending and thus demonstrating a unity between generations.”