Time to reflect on a morning of shimmering sunshine

Flags are dipped as a mark of respect at Todmorden's Garden of Remembrance
Flags are dipped as a mark of respect at Todmorden's Garden of Remembrance

A cool, crisp but sunny morning saw hundreds of people turn out to mark Remembrance Sunday in all parts of the upper Calder Valley.

Additionally, on Monday, November 11, Remembrance Day itself, saw valley people of all ages pause for reflection with two minutes silence held in many workplaces as well as being observed at memorial gardens.

On Sunday, the first of several valley parades saw members of Hebden Bridge Brass Band lead the parade from Hebden Bridge Town Hall and via Albert Street on to the Memorial Gardens at New Road, where poppy wreaths were laid in an act vof remembrance.

The parade then went on to St James’s Church for a service.

In the afternoon Hebden Bridge Junior Band members took their turn at the head of a procession, this time in Mytholmroyd where an act of remembrance took place when wreaths were laid at the village’s memorial with its distinctive soldier statue, before a service was held at St Michael’s Church, Mytholmroyd.

Chairman of Hebden Bridge and Distrinct branch of the Royal British Legion, Mr Maurice Jones, said: “The parades went very well and there were a lot of people there. It was a lovely day and the crowd at Mytholmroyd was unbelievable,” he said.

Veterans, commúnity organisations and civic dignitaries paraded at both events.

Todmorden Community Band led off the Todmorden parade, which was kept in smart order this year by a Todmorden soldier, Company Segeant James Kenworthy.

Civic guests this year also included Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Kate Moreton-Deakin, and after Canon Owen page had conducted a service of remembrance at the town’s Garden of Remembrance in Centre Vale Park, food was laid on at the United Services Club back in White Hart Fold.

Mr Darren Widdup, of the Todmorden branch of the Royal British Legion, said the number of people attending was pleasing and it was good to see more veterans joing the parade this year.

He also thanked Warburton’s funeral services who loaned one of the company’s limousines to transport some older veterans to the service.

“The Legion would like to thank the band, the girls back at the USC for laying on the spread of food and Steve Hughes and the lads from the park who got the gardens in lovely condition. Work to remove grime from the memorial ensured it was a lot cleaner,” he said.

Luddenden Foot also saw villagers watch the parade to Holmes Park where an act of remembrance was held, and on Monday some of the village children met up with a service veteran to pay their own tribute.

Children in the pre-school room at Little Foot Day Nursery went down to the memorial at 11am to lay a poppy wreath they made themselves. They went with Paul Main, who is a retired soldier. Paul also read them a book and let them try on his beret and medals.

Acts of remebrance were also carried out in other villages in the district, including Wadsworth, Heptonstall and Blackshaw Head.