22nd Nov, 2017

Hundreds flock to Droitwich's Victoria Square for Remembrance Day service

Lorna Morris 12th Nov, 2017 Updated: 13th Nov, 2017

HUNDREDS flocked to Droitwich’s Victoria Square this morning (Sunday) to pay their respects to those who lost their lives in two World Wars and other conflicts.

Starting at 10.30pm, a parade commanded by Paul Wilde headed to the packed out square followed by music from the Salvation Army band.

The mood was sombre as Rev Nigel Byard held a traditional service before the crowd fell silent for two minutes.

Wreathes were laid by representatives from several local charities, businesses and organisations, including Mayor of Droitwich Spa Coun Shaun Best and Mid-Worcestershire MP Nigel Huddleston.

At 11.15am, crowds filtered out of the square and made their way to nearby St Andrew’s Church for a church service.

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

Adrian Wright, from Droitwich Royal British Legion, is hoping this year’s service will match or beat the £27k total from 2016.

“It has been a fantastic turn out and very busy as normal,” he said.

“We would like to thank the Rotary Club for their help with the poppy sale and all the people of Droitwich for a great turn out.

“We would also like to apologise for the sound system and we will try to improve it for next year.”

Speaking after the service, Mayor Coun Shaun Best praised the organisations involved, he said: “It was nice to see so many people and it went extremely well.

“Thank you for all your help, you did Droitwich proud.”

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