Sidmouth honours war dead in the rain

Remembrance Sunday parade is bigger than ever at Sidmouth

THEY came in the rain in their hundreds to pay their respects to Sidmouth’s war dead on Remembrance Sunday. Led by Sidmouth Town Band, the parade to Sidmouth War Memorial was longer than ever, stretching down High Street from All Saints Road.

From war veterans in their 90s to young Brownies and Scouts bearing their standards, bystanders stood in silence to watch the march past.

Town Council chairman, Councillor Peter Sullivan, laid the first wreath, with others following from the Royal British Legion and Forces representatives, including EDDC Councillor Graham Troman, who laid a wreath for the Burma Association, proudly wearing his father’s campaign medals.

“The church was packed for the service - the first since it was renovated - and the turnout from all the youth organisations was excellent,” said Dave O’Connor, standard bearer and chairman of Sidmouth RBL.

“There was a lot of interest from the ATC and Army Cadets, they put on a good show.”

*Pictures and reports of Sidmouth, Sidbury and Salcombe Regis’s Remembrance Sunday wreath-laying services in Friday’s Sidmouth Herald.