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Poignant tribute to the fallen at the D Day Landings

Photo credit: David King on behalf of Huntingdon Town Council.

At ll o’clock, in Huntingdon’s Market Square a silence fell over the assembled company of council members and residents as they remembered those who lost their lives serving their country at the D Day landings in Normandy 80 years ago on 6th June 1944.

The service began with a welcome and prayers from Reverend Jon Randall and was followed by the Act of Remembrance spoken by a member of the Royal British Legion. We also heard a moving poem ‘D-Day Heroes’ by Roy Palmer, a Chelsea Pensioner and Herald. This poem was read by a Year 8 Student from Hinchingbrooke School before a Bugler sounded the Last Post to mark the start of a two-minute Silence from everyone attending and Standards from the Royal British Legion and Royal Naval Association were dipped in the traditional mark of respect.

At the sound of Reveille, Standards were brought back to the shoulder. The Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire’s Deputy Lieutenant, Mr Daryl Brown MBE DL, laid the first of many wreaths at the “Thinking Man” War Memorial.

A poignant moment happened when the Deputy Lieutenant moved a local veteran’s wheelchair to the memorial and then supported him as he got out of his chair to lay a wreath in memory of his colleagues who died that day.  The gathered crowd clapped as he stepped back in silence to honour them.

Later in the evening on Castle Hill, the beacon was lit at 9.15pm by the Mayor of Huntingdon accompanied by the Deputy Lieutenant, members of the council and local residents.  As the flames gathered intensity, the Mayor’s Cadet, Nathaniel Woodmore read the International Tribute which reflected on all those affected by the conflict, after which the Raw Diva’s sang “The White Cliffs of Dover” and the ceremony ended with the National Anthem.

Cllr Karl Brockett, Mayor of Huntingdon said “The numbers of those who remain       grow fewer every year, but their remain as inspiring as ever, it is wonderful to see Huntingdon’s strong sense of community as we come together to remember this important event.  I hope this commemoration will be remembered for years to come.”

This article was drawn from local facebook pages and the Town Council’s press release.