Over 1000 people packed around the War memorial in Hedge End this morning, to attend Hedge End’s Remembrance service.
The quarter of a mile from Hedge End’s 2000 Centre to the War memorial was closed to traffic to allow the parade and outdoor service to take place.
The parade, which was led by Cllr Mrs Jane Welsh, included members of all the local clubs, societies and voluntary organisations and included people of all ages.
Some were just leaving the 2000 Centre as the head of the parade was reaching the war memorial.
Barry Jarman, 73 of Hedge End commented;
I’ve never seen such a large turnout in the 35 years that I’ve lived in Hedge End.
Once gathered around the war memorial, the names of Hedge End’s war dead were solemnly read, the last post was sounded and as the Church clock struck 11am the two minutes silence began. A simple outdoor service followed with “O God our Help in Ages past” being the main hymn.
After the service, the parade re-formed and walked back to the 2000 Centre .
Mr Jarman, who has served in the Army, went on to say;
It is a pity that peoples around the world still cannot get on with each other and wars are still happening.
It is disgraceful that around the UK, metal plaques are being stolen from War memorials to be sold for scrap. It is the worst thing imagineable.
As the congretation disbanded, a tea stall set up in a residents front garden proved popular.