We will remember them

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THE sun shone as hundreds turned out to honour the fallen across the New Forest on Sunday morning.

At 11am on a clear, crisp autumn morning, silence fell at services as young and old paid tribute to the brave men and women who have given their lives in the line of duty.

It was standing room only at St Mary’s Church in Fordingbridge as the Archdeacon of Bournemouth, the Reverend Dr Peter Rouch, took the sermon, which paid tribute to all those people who have lost their lives in conflicts.

All ages took part in a parade from the Memorial Gates to the church, which was lead by Hyde Marching Band.

Mayor of Fordingbridge Malcolm Connolly told the Forest Journal that the numbers of people who turned out this year was “extraordinary”.

“I can’t get over it,” he said.

“I thought last year would be the pinnacle for attendance, as it was the 90th anniversary, but there were more people than ever. The streets were lined and the church was jam-packed.

“I am so proud of the residents in this town.”

A Remembrance service was held at the Stuckton Road Cemetery on Monday, November 12 as villagers paid their respects.

In Ringwood the Reverent Dr David Miell conducted the Remembrance Service at St Peter and St Paul’s Church before the parade to the Memorial Gardens.

Wreaths were laid as representatives of the armed forces, youth organisations along with various clubs paid their respects at the Memorial Gardens.

Throughout the New Forest, including Burley, West Moors and Breamore, townspeople joined civic dignitaries, Royal British Legion officers and representatives from youth organisations, to remember those who have lost their lives in battle

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