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Beverley remembers the fallen

It was an emotional and moving day in Beverley on Sunday as the town remembered the fallen, not just in the First World War but in all those fought since. It was still dark when the day began with a lone piper playing against a backdrop of a floodlit Beverley Minster, whose bells also rang out in tribute.

And later, crowds lined the streets for a parade through the town before a Service of Remembrance at The Minster, led by the Vicar, the Rev Canon Jonathan Baker, and attended by a congregation of 1,000 people. 

Giant poppies, donated by the Beverley branch of the Royal British Legion marked the route of the parade, while inside the Minster 20,000 poppies formed an exhibition called Lost – An installation for remembrance with hope for the future. Elsewhere, a stunning sand sculpture by Paul and Remy Hoggard marked the centenary of the end of The Great War while the names of over 9,000 soldiers from the East Riding who died in the two world wars are contained in the memorials to the fallen in the Minster.

At the conclusion of the service, clergy, civic dignitaries and service personnel led a parade to the Memorial Gardens in Hengate for a wreath-laying ceremony, where the salute was taken by the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of the East Riding, Stephen Larard. And the Minster’s bells rang out across the town from 12.30 to 1.15pm to mark the centenary of the Armistice.