Services of Remembrance to pay respects to fallen heroes

Rememberance service in Haw Hill park, Normanton.'Standard Bearer William Stewart.'w338e245
Rememberance service in Haw Hill park, Normanton.'Standard Bearer William Stewart.'w338e245

CHILDREN took time out from normal lessons this week to show their respect to our fallen heroes.

Youngsters from Normanton held their own special service in the town on Wednesday ahead of Remembrance Day on Sunday.

Rememberance service in Haw Hill park, Normanton.'All Saints pupil Olivia Slatter lays a wreath.'w338d245

Rememberance service in Haw Hill park, Normanton.'All Saints pupil Olivia Slatter lays a wreath.'w338d245

They were joined by members of the Normanton, Altofts and Whitwood branch of the Royal British Legion and dignitaries as they laid their home-made wreaths at the cenotaph in Haw Hill Park, off Castleford Road.

Branch acting president Derek Wise, 76, who served in the RAF, said: “The children were very good and laid wreaths, which they make every year, which were beautiful.

“We did a full act of remembrance and talked to them about what the Poppy Appeal is about and they seemed very interested.

“They knew a lot about it and I think it helps them to understand what people have done for us so we are here today.

“I think it is just as important to remember now as it has ever been. Once we forget, it could all happen again.”

Mr Wise and his fellow legion members attended Normanton All Saints Infant School for an assembly ahead of the service at the park, which was led by Canon Peter Maguire.

They will parade from the Alice Bacon Community Centre, on Wakefield Road, to Haw Hill Park on Sunday from 10.15am.

And another service will be held at the park’s cenotaph from 10.30am, which will include a two-minute silence and releasing of pigeons.

A similar service will also take place at the cenotaph, off Church Road, Altofts, at 11.30am.

And other services will also be taking place across the city this weekend.

A service led by the Royal British Legion will then take place on Sunday in Wakefield city centre.

Crowds will meet at Wakefield Cathedral at 10.30am before making their way to the war memorial for the act of homage and the laying of the wreaths at 11am.

A Mayoral party will set off from Wakefield Town Hall at 10.53am.

And people will pay their respects in Ossett at a service at Trinity Church, on Church Street, on Sunday at 2.30pm.

Following the service there will be a parade towards the war memorial in the town centre precinct.

Horbury’s service and parade will begin at 10.15am on Sunday, at St Peter’s Church.

The Remembrance service in Newmillerdam will take place at 10am at the war memorial. In Chapelthorpe, a service will be held at St James’ Church at 10.30am.