Crowds gathered in village centers and Banbury town center on Remembrance Sunday on November 14 to pay their respects to the dead – the men and women who lost their lives in two world wars and subsequent conflicts.
Last year, Covid restrictions forced the cancellation of the street parade and reduced the wreath laying to just seven tributes in Banbury.
This year Remembrance Day in Banbury began with a military and civic procession of 300 people that marched from Broad Street, to High Street and along Horsefair to St Mary’s Church for a service memorial.
The service was broadcast over loudspeakers outside the church for those who could not be inside.
After the service, a wreath laying ceremony at the People’s Park War Memorial saw 50 wreaths placed on the cenotaph as standard bearers, cadets, veterans, military personnel, school officials look on. and local organizations and members of the public.
The bugles played the Last Post before a minute’s silence and the Awakening to end the silence.
The head of the board and chairman of the Banbury branch of the Royal British Legion, Kieron Mallon, said: “Many people in Banbury come together on Remembrance Day to pay their respects to their family members who went to war but did not return home.
“Remembrance Sundays are tributes to the dead. They ensure that the sacrifices of those who paid the ultimate price are never forgotten. ”
Students from Harriers Academy and Dashwood Academy both took part in the Remembrance Service in Banbury on Sunday.
Alex Pearson, Executive Director of Harriers Banbury Academy & Dashwood Banbury Academy, said: “It was nice for Harriers to be part of the Banbury Remembrance Sunday Parade again.
“Each year we, along with Dashwood, are asked to represent the city’s schools in the parade and to lay a wreath at the People’s Park Cenotaph. It was fantastic to see so many Harrier students along the parade route. It is always a poignant day and one of which we are very proud to be a part. ”
Villagers from across Banburyshire, from Bloxham to Deddington, Middleton Cheney to Woodford Halse to Kineton, among others, gathered to reflect and remember those who have served their country.