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Legion service returns after 26-year break

Glossop's Drumhead Service took place on Sunday for the first time in 26 years. Photo by Keith Bate.

Glossop's Drumhead Service took place on Sunday for the first time in 26 years. Photo by Keith Bate.

After an absence of 26 years, Glossop’s Drumhead Service took place on Sunday afternoon.

Organised by the Glossop branch of the Royal British Legion, the service was held for 58 years before finishing in 1988, but it has been revived for this year to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War.

The service was preceded by a parade from the Market Ground, led by Tintwistle Band, who also provided music during the service.

The Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire William Tucker took the salute and the address was given by the Duke of Norfolk, whose family have long-standing connections with Glossop.

Tony Wright, chair of Glossop Heritage Trust, who helped organise the event alongside the British Legion, said: “It went exceptionally well. The weather was kind to us and we had quite a large parade.

“I think the parade probably featured about 200 to 300 people because the scouts and guides were involved, as well as a large contingent of ex-servicemen and local organisations like the WI.

“In the park itself there were probably around 300 people as well.”

Tony, who has a long-standing connection with the event as his father used to be involved in organising it in the 70s and 80s, said consideration is now underway whether to hold the event again next year.

 

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