In Bloxwich on Remembrance Sunday, hundreds of residents of Bloxwich, Blakenall Heath and Leamore gathered in glorious November sunshine for the annual observation of the nation’s traditional act of remembrance and to see a parade to honour fallen UK servicemen and women of all wars and conflicts, especially the Great War and the Second World War.
Participants in the parade assembled outside the former Bull’s Head pub in Park Road and, the road having been closed by police, marched off at 10.20am, led by the Walsall Coronets band, along High Street to the War Memorial on the corner of High Street and Elmore Green Road where large crowds of local folk were gathered for a service of Remembrance around 10.40am.
Local veterans and cadets marched proudly behind the standards of the Royal British Legion and other ex-services organisations, and were followed by youth groups including Bloxwich Army Cadets, Scouts, Guides and Brownies, representatives of local organisations, and local councillors.
The people of Bloxwich and district were welcomed by Revd. Phil Hoar of St. John’s Methodist Church, who together with the Rector of Bloxwich, Revd. Roger Williams of All Saints Church and Licensed Reader Margaret Wootton (also of All Saints) read out the Bloxwich and district Roll of Honour for the Great War and the Second World War.
Preceded by bells from All Saints Church, Drum Sergeant Alf Cooper, Staffordshire Regiment (retired) bugled The Last Post to herald the traditional two minutes silence at 11am, with standards lowered by both veterans and youth groups. The clergy subsequently led those assembled in prayer and hymns to both honour the fallen and to pray for future peace.
The service concluded with the National Anthem and the laying of wreaths by local dignitaries, including Bloxwich councilors and representatives of the armed and civilian services and other organisations. Individuals, including many youngsters, then proudly placed small crosses and poppies for fallen relatives and friends.
This year’s poignant, reflective but uplifting event was very well supported, with perhaps the best turnout for several years, and onlookers were once again particularly impressed by the large and increasing number of young people who proudly joined the veterans in the parade, notably smartly turned-out army cadets and other youth groups carrying flags including Bloxwich Scouts, Cubs, Brownies and Guides amongst them. Other local groups were represented, including the Royal British Legion, Rotary Club of Bloxwich Phoenix, Bloxwich Fire Station, Bloxwich Police and more.
All photographs by Stuart Williams.
A FREE FLICKR ALBUM of photographs of Remembrance Sunday 2011 in Bloxwich – including the whole parade and many more pictures not shown here – is presented by The Bloxwich Telegraph via the following link for download as personal souvenirs of the occasion and for any non-commercial use by groups and organisations pictured: BLOXWICH REMEMBERS 2011
See also REMEMBERING HAROLD PARRY.