Royal Anglian Regiment remembers the fallen

The Bedford Branch of The Royal Anglian Regiment Association (Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire) held its annual remembrance and reunion parade at the Memorial and Gardens opposite The Keep in Kempston on Sunday (November 15).

It recognised, honoured and remembered the Armed Forces personnel predominantly from the two counties but also from further afield who served with The Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment and paid the supreme sacrifice in times of war

Remembrance service with children at Derwent Lower School.

Remembrance service with children at Derwent Lower School.

Music was provided by the Minden Band of The Queens Division and more than 300 people lined the route.

The Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire led dignitaries for the wreath laying ceremony and the two minute silence was marked by a lone bugler playing the Last Post and Reveille.

The next branch meeting will be held at The Keep at 8pm on Friday, January 8. Any ex-service personnel or their families are welcome to join the association.

>Parading onto RAF Henlow marked the start of Remembrance Day for children at Derwent Lower School in Henlow.

Children, alongside some from Henlow Academy, took part in a service of remembrance, which was led by Reverend Tony Ruffell and focused on the sacrifices made by military personnel on behalf of the country.

These sacrifices, both historical and contemporary, were very poignant and the children sat transfixed by the event.

They enjoyed listening to the Military Wives Choir who performed a medley of songs by Vera Lynn.

Headteacher James Adkins said “It is important mark Remembrance Day with the children at Derwent to show our support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community.

“I am very proud of the children who took a full part in the Remembrance Service, particularly when members of the community tell me how impressed they were with the exceptional behaviour of Derwent children. I would like to thank RAF Henlow for inviting us to this event and to Reverend Tony Ruffell for explaining to the children why we remember. I would also like to thank the Police for their support in closing the road in order to allow us to parade as a whole school.”