Warship’s crew make parade debut as big crowds gather for Melton’s annual Remembrance Sunday tribute

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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.

The parade makes its way down Leicester Street en route to the Memorial Gardens EMN-150911-102215001

The parade makes its way down Leicester Street en route to the Memorial Gardens EMN-150911-102215001

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.

Crew members from HMS Quorn took their place in the parade for the first time EMN-150911-100927001

Crew members from HMS Quorn took their place in the parade for the first time EMN-150911-100927001

The parade makes its way through town to the service at St Mary's Church EMN-150911-101244001

The parade makes its way through town to the service at St Mary's Church EMN-150911-101244001

The wreath layers line up at the Memorial Gardens service EMN-150911-102744001

The wreath layers line up at the Memorial Gardens service EMN-150911-102744001