SILENT tributes were paid across the Dales at the weekend to those who gave their lives in battle.
Parades, services and wreath-laying ceremonies were held in our towns and villages to mark Remembrance Day, held on the Sunday nearest to November 11- the day when the First World War finally came to an end in 1918.
It followed on from Friday when two-minute silences were held at war memorials at 11am to mark the exact time the guns fell silent almost a century ago.
Councillors and employees at Derbyshire County Council held a poignant service in Matlock and took part in the silence while representatives from all three political parties, among others, laid wreathes at the war monument.
Cllr Simon Spencer, Derbyshire County Council deputy leader, said: “We all owe a huge debt of gratitude to the country’s servicemen who have given their lives for the freedoms we enjoy today.
“This is our way of paying tribute to them and the many Derbyshire servicemen and women who are bravely fighting in current conflicts across the globe.”
Sunday saw three services organised in Matlock by the town council, at Pic Tor, Starkholmes and Hall Leys Park, the latter including a parade through the town.
At Bakewell the Royal British Legion organised a morning parade led by the Bakewell Silver Band.
Wirksworth also held a morning service and the salute was taken by the Deputy Lieutenant for Derbyshire, Alan Woods.
Matlock Bath saw an afternoon service held at the Memorial Gardens, while at Darley Dale, the parade headed from Broadwalk to the war memorial in Whitworth Park.
The Cromford branch of Royal British Legion held their service at St Mary’s Church at 2pm and was attended by one of the Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire’s deputies, who laid the wreath.
Branch secretary Mary Parkin said: “It was wonderful day, the weather was kind to us and that makes all the difference. One of the young Army cadets carried the standard for us and did a great job.”
n Last week’s Mercury printed a photograph of a British Legion collection at Sainsbury’s in the caption of which we named John Speight as John Snaith. We apologise for any embarrassment or confusion caused by the mistake.