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Remembrance 100: Mayor of Gravesham leads procession to service at war memorial

PUBLISHED: 16:03 11 November 2018 | UPDATED: 11:50 12 November 2018

The memorial at Windmill Hill Gardens. Picture: Olivia Gantzer

The memorial at Windmill Hill Gardens. Picture: Olivia Gantzer

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Mayor of Gravesham cllr David Hurley led a crowd of cadets, scouts, brownies, councillors, members of Kent Police and more to Windmill Hill Gardens this morning (Sunday, November 11) in a procession to mark Remembrance Day.

Mayor of Gravesham cllr David Hurley led the procession. Picture: Olivia GantzerMayor of Gravesham cllr David Hurley led the procession. Picture: Olivia Gantzer

Mayor of Gravesham cllr David Hurley led a crowd of cadets, scouts, brownies, councillors, members of Kent Police and more to Windmill Hill Gardens on Sunday morning (November 11) in a procession to mark Remembrance Day.

The parade joined a large crowd of residents who were gathered around the war memorial before a two minute silence was observed to remember those who lost their lives in conflicts.

Prayers were read and hymns were sung to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War as wreaths and a carpet of poppies lay placed at the memorial.

Prayers read aloud honoured those who had suffered as a result of war and thanked those who serve in the armed forces.

Following the service, cadets, scouts and brownies continued the parade back through nearby streets, concluding the procession on Trinity Road.

April Astarbad was at the service to watch her son Alfie as he joined other scouts in the parade.

Speaking after the event, she said: “It was amazing to watch the service.

“It was also an amazing turn out, it was so nice to be here today.”

Bradley Burnett, leader of the 1st Windmill Hill Scouts, said: “It went very well and there was also a very impressive public turn out.

“About 70 scouts it total took part from around the area.

“I think with it being 100 years more people came but a lot of people come each year to be a part of the event.”

Wendy Forster, who lives locally, was amongst the many residents paying their respects to the fallen.

“It was very moving,” she said.

“It was a lovely service and it was lovely to see so many here - I have been coming to this service for years and I’ve never seen that many people before.

“Because it’s 100 years it’s a special one and it’s great that the weather just about held off also. I really enjoyed speaking to different people and hearing their stories.”

Mayor of Gravesham Cllr David Hurley said: “I am both honoured and privileged to be mayor in the centenary year.

“It was a proud moment to lay the first wreath at the Windmill Hill memorial service yesterday and then take part in the lighting of the Beacon at Community Square last night.

“It was fantastic to see so many people join the memorial events to pay respects to the service men and women that gave their lives for us.”

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