Remembrance services: ‘We will honour those who sacrificed their lives for all of us’

Remembrance Day parade and service, The Embankment, Bedford.
Remembrance Day parade and service, The Embankment, Bedford.

A 94 year old RAF veteran will be among those paying respects to the fallen on Armistice Day.

Flt Lt John ‘Paddy’ Brennan, who has been decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross, will attend a wreath laying service at the parlour of Bedford Borough Mayor Dave Hodgson.

The mayor will lay a wreath at the parlour’s war memorial at 10.30am on Tuesday to honour the men of the Bedfordshire Yeomanry who died during the First World War.

The parlour is unique in being the only one in the country to have its own war memorial.

Mr Hodgson said: “Once again tribute will be paid at the memorial to those whose bravery on our behalf must never be forgotten. We will join together to honour those who sacrificed their lives for all of us.”

Also attending will be veterans from past conflicts, the mayor’s cadets, along with members of the county and local Royal British Legion.

During the service all the names of the men that died will be read out by a veteran and a junior cadet.

After the mayor has laid a wreath, those assembled will then proceed to the corner of Midland Road and Harpur Street outside Boots for the Royal British Legion’s remembrance service.

A two minute silence will be held at 11am, with the start signalled by the Last Post and the Reveille marking its end.

This Remembrance Sunday, veterans will be joined by current servicemen and women for a parade along Bedford’s picturesque Embankment.

It starts at 10.30am with a service at the war memorial and the laying of wreaths before the parade marches to Harpur Square led by Bedford pipers.

Bedford Town Band will be performing a selection of music at the square before the parade arrives and then until 12.30pm.

There will also be ceremonies at Goldington Green war memorial, at the South African Campaign Memorial, outside The Swan Hotel, Kempston, and at Elstow Abbey where wreaths will be laid. Services will also be held at churches across the county.

The Poppy Shop will remain open inside the Harpur Centre, opposite Argos, until Tuesday.