Melton pays its respects to the fallen on Remembrance Sunday

Mounted officers from the Defence Animal Centre, Melton, taking part in Sunday's Remembrance Day parade through the town EMN-161114-103414001
Mounted officers from the Defence Animal Centre, Melton, taking part in Sunday's Remembrance Day parade through the town EMN-161114-103414001
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A large crowd gathered in Melton on Sunday to watch veterans, serving members of the armed forces and dignataries take part in the annual Remembrance Day parade through the town.

Personnel from the Defence Animal Centre joined Scouts, Cubs, Guides and ATC cadets in the ceremony, accompanied by standard bearers and members of the Melton branches of the Royal British Legion (RBL) and Royal Air Force Association (RAFA).

Members of the Melton branch of the Royal British Legion and the town's RAFA club members march to the wreath-laying ceremony on Remembrance Day EMN-161114-103424001

Members of the Melton branch of the Royal British Legion and the town's RAFA club members march to the wreath-laying ceremony on Remembrance Day EMN-161114-103424001

Also taking part were the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Lady Gretton, and Mayor of Melton, Councillor David Wright.

The parade formed in Chapel Street and headed down Sage Cross Street, Sherrard Street and into St Mary’s Church, where the traditional Remembrance Day service was held at 11am.

The party paraded afterwards from Burton Street into Market Place where a salute was taken as it passed by the dais.

The parade then made its way to the Memorial Gardens, on Wilton Road, where wreaths were laid.

Wreath layers Pat Wilson, Frederick Thompson and Peter Roffey outside the Royal British Legion HQ in Melton during the Armistice Day service EMN-161114-101714001

Wreath layers Pat Wilson, Frederick Thompson and Peter Roffey outside the Royal British Legion HQ in Melton during the Armistice Day service EMN-161114-101714001

l A service was held outside the Royal British Legion HQ on Friday morning to mark Armistice Day, when hostilities officially ended in the First World War in 1918.

Wreaths were laid by Peter Roffey, Pat Wright and Frederick Thompson, on behalf of the RBL and RAFA, and standard bearers lowered their standards as Phil Hardy sounded the Last Post.

Melton observed a two-minute silence from 11am after maroons were fired in the Play Close by Army personnel from the town’s Defence Animal Centre.