The biggest crowds in recent memory lined the streets of Melton for this year’s Remembrance Sunday parade when representives of the borough’s affiliated warship took part for the first time.
Crew members from HMS Quorn, including Lt Cdr Ryan Carmichael, who is second in command of the vessel, joined service personnel from the town’s Defence Animal Centre in the party, which set off from the Chapel Street car park.
Veterans, cadets, scouts, local dignitaries and members of the Melton branches of the Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) and the Royal British Legion (RBL), also took part in the parade, which marched along Sage Cross Street and Sherrard Street before heading to St Mary’s Church for a service.
The service was taken by Rev Brian McAvoy and Rev Kevin Ashby. Wreaths were then laid at the town war memorial at Egerton Lodge and the Last Post was sounded.
After the service, at a reception at the RBL, HMS Quorn representatives presented plaques to members of the legion and RAVC and a naval book to Mayor of Melton Jeanne Douglas.
l People of the Melton borough also observed the two minutes’ silence yesterday (Wednesday) on Armistice Day, with a service taking place outside Melton’s RBL headquarters in Thorpe End.