Together again for Remembrance
A big turnout of veterans, uniformed organisations and the public for the Remembrance Day parade and service in Staple Hill
HUNDREDS of people came to the area's war memorials as traditional Remembrance Sunday parades and services returned in Staple Hill, Downend and Mangotsfield.
Events on November 14 began with a parade through Staple Hill High Street and Broad Street, led by the Salvation Army band and including Armed Forces veterans, Army Cadets and members of Scout and Guiding groups from rainbows and beavers up to explorers.
A crowd estimated at more than 1,000 people gathered by the memorial in Page Park for an open air service, including the Last Post, two minutes' silence and wreath-laying ceremony.
The uniformed organisations then marched to Downend's Scout Memorial on the corner of Westerleigh Road and Badminton Road for a short remembrance ceremony.
Shortly afterwards a ceremony took place at the memorial in Alec Large park in Mangotsfield, attended by up to 500 people.
The traditional parades and ceremonies in tribute to those who died serving their country in conflicts returned this year after Covid restrictions last year meant they had to be recorded and broadcast online instead.
Staple Hill & District Branch Royal British Legion chairman Ian Campbell said people's enthusiasm to return to traditional commemorations had been "amazing".
He said: "People have been desperate to get back to normal."
A less formal remembrance service at the Red Lion in Mangotsfield, led by community pastor Clive Heath, was attended by about 50 people, including veterans.
RBL branch president Ian Boulton said:"It was humbling to be able to bring back our live Remembrance Day parade and service after last year's virtual event. Our team of volunteers who organise the day never let us down to ensure we pay our proper respects to our fallen. Thank you to everyone for playing a part on this important community commemoration, however large or small."