As Armistice Day arrives tomorrow, a solemn silence will sweep the nation as communities join to remember all our fallen soldiers.
The day will mark the end of this year’s commemorations after numerous events joined Dales families on Remembrance Sunday, October 8.
A procession through Matlock ton centre attracted hundreds as fundraisers acknowledge that the day to remember is still as relevant as ever.
Local WW2 veterans led our procession, with words of remembrance spoken by WW2 veteran Tod Dakin, and special commendation was given to standard bearer George Jones who was commended for his over fifty years service to the Royal British Legion.
Matlock Town Council said: “We’re delighted to support the annual remembrance parade. Lots of people really enjoy the marching parade and they do come out to remember and it’s always very well attended.
Some 50 people gathered in Matlock Bath’s Memorial Gardens on Sunday joined by members of the Sir Richard Arkwright Masson Mill Band.
Chair of the Parish Council Peter Baranek said: “It is so encouraging to see so many young people gathered at this important community event especially as some are contributing with readings.”
Add in Cromford, Royal British Legion treasurer Carol Easton said the village enjoyed a respectful service at St Mary’s church after laying wreaths at the memorials.
She added: “We all thought it was well-attended, the service by Peter Binks was very fitting on peace, kindness and remembrance, and it was nice to see so many people turn out.”
The Mercury would also like to commend Mrs Mary Parkin, Cromford RBL’s former branch secretary, who after decades of service suffered a heart attack in May, and now retires from the Legion.
Mary, whose father Arthur Rose was with the Notts and Derby Foresters in WW1, said: “My father was one of the first legion members in Cromford years ago. It was one of those things we’ve been brought up with. But unfortunately I can’t now - the long and the short of it is that I’m getting old.
Just turning 82, Mary lost two uncles in the First World War, who are both named on the memorial in Cromford.
An informal service will take place at Hall Leys Park Head, Matlock, tomorrow morning.
Centenary commemorations continue until November 2018.