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Armistice Day: Hundreds head to Victoria Square to mark end of World War One

Harry Leach 11th Nov, 2018 Updated: 12th Nov, 2018

HUNDREDS of people flocked to Victoria Square in Droitwich this morning to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.

This year’s parade started at 10.30am, moving from outside Westcroft pub on Ombersley Street, towards the war memorial in the town centre.

From there the Salvation Army band played music to the packed-out crowd.

While the occasion was sombre, the mood was light with young cubs, scouts and cadets all willing to get involved.

Rev Nigel Byard, who held a traditional service in the square, said: “I think this year there has been more engagement than usual.

“Especially as we remember the last 100 years.

“The community has done a great job and everyone appears to have taken a real interest.”

At 11am the crowd fell silent for two minutes to remember those who lost their lives during the Great War and in other conflicts.

All that could be heard was the chimes of Big Ben through speakers around the town.

Wreaths were laid by representatives from several local charities, businesses and organisations, including Mayor of Droitwich Spa Coun Christine Bowden.

She said: “I was astonished with how beautiful the wreaths looked and how well organised the day was.

“Well done to all the children who have been absolutely brilliant.”

At 11:40am people filtered out of the square and moved to St Andrew’s Church for an Armistice Day centenary and Remembrance Sunday service.

The Rotary Club of Droitwich Spa helped the British Legion with the Poppy Appeal collections and arrangements for the day.

Chairman of the Droitwich British Legion branch, Hazel Gandy, said: “So many wreaths were laid this year and the service went really well.

“We can now look forward to the future and pray that there will never be another war like it ever again.”

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