Remembering our fallen war heroes

Remembering Them: Veterans Tod Dakin and Doug Walford raise money at the Poppy Appeal stall at Sainsbury's, Matlock.
Remembering Them: Veterans Tod Dakin and Doug Walford raise money at the Poppy Appeal stall at Sainsbury's, Matlock.

RESPECT will be paid to those heroes who gave their lives in battle with a series of services and parades taking place across the Derbyshire Dales this weekend.

Thousands of people are expected to take part or simply line the streets for the Remembrance Day events on Sunday.

The solemn occasion is always held on the nearest Sunday to November 11- the date when the First World War ended in 1918.

Matlock Town Council will mark the occasion with three services across the day, the first starting at Pic Tor Memorial at 11am.

They will then move on to Starkholmes War Memorial for 11.20am.

The final ceremony will be at Hall Leys Park Head at 3pm, following a parade from the council’s Imperial Rooms headquarters which will head down towards the war memorial for a wreath-laying ceremony.

The police will close off the roads during the parade and Mayor of Matlock, Cllr Barry Hopkinson, hopes that people will pay their respects.

He said: “I think it’s very important that people attend.

“I think it’s very important to remember those who gave their lives and what’s going on out there now [in the Middle East] and the soldiers who are keeping our country safe.

“We usually get about 30 to 40 people at Pic Tor and maybe about 25 at Starkholmes, but Matlock continues to grow and is going from strength to strength each year.

“Last year we had about 150 people.

“One of my chosen charities this year is the forces charity, Talking 2 Mind, which looks after soldiers who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder.

“I have a family member who supports the charity so I know it’s worthwhile.”

At Bakewell, the Royal British Legion has organised a parade led by the Bakewell Silver Band. It will form up at Market Place at 10.15am on Sunday before heading to Rutland Square where wreaths will be laid on the town’s two war memorials.

The parade will then move to the parish church for a service, before heading back to the Market Place via South Church Street in Rutland Square where it will be dismissed.

Wirksworth Branch parade will form up on Wood Street at 10.25am and move off at 10.40am, heading along Church Street via St John’s Street and into St Mary’s Gate for the service at 10.50am.

The parade will reform at around noon in Church Street for the march and the salute which will be taken again this year by the Deputy Lieutenant for Derbyshire, Alan Woods.

Finally, the parade will then heads for the Memorial Gardens for the Act of Remembrance.

Matlock and Darley Dale’s sub-branch of the Cromford Royal British Legion will have their service at St Mary’s Church in Cromford at 2pm.

It will be attended by one of the Lord Lieutenant’s of Derbyshire’s deputies who will lay the wreath on the two war memorials.

At Matlock Bath, a service will be held at the memorial in Memorial Gardens on North Parade starting at 2pm.

The service will be taken by Dave Green and the music provided by musicians from the Wirksworth Orchestra.

Darley Dale’s parade begins at 2pm from Broadwalk to the war memorial in Whitworth Park.

While services will take place on the Sunday, a two-minute silence will be held at memorials across the county tomorrow, November 11 at 11am – the exact time when peace was declared at the end of the First World War.

The show of respect will take place at the Wirksworth Memorial Gardens, with people asked to gather at 10.50am. They will also be at Bakewell Gardens, at Hall Leys Park Head in Matlock and at the memorial in Cromford’s Market Place, which will be attended by pupils from Cromford Primary School.

Meanwhile, people are being urged to support the Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal, launched recently as part of the build up to the Remembrance Day events.

Under the strapline ‘Shoulder to Shoulder’, and with the Legion celebrating its 90th anniversary, the Derbyshire Poppy Appeal has set a county-wide fundraising target of £650,000 through the sale of the paper poppies.

They are available to buy in shops and offices across the region, including the Matlock Mercury office on Firs Parade.

The money is used to help support soldiers who have been injured in battle and the families of those who have served in the forces.