Townspeople Pay Their Respects To The Fallen

Published: 14 November 2021

Hundreds of people lined the streets today (Sunday 14 November) for Banbury’s Remembrance Day parade.
Crowds gathered to pay their respects to the fallen – the men and women who lost their lives in two world wars and later conflicts.
Last year, covid restrictions forced the cancellation of the street parade and reduced the wreath-laying to just seven tributes.
This year, Remembrance Day began with a 300-strong military and civic procession that made its way from Broad Street, up High Street and along Horsefair to St Mary’s Church for a memorial mass.
The service was broadcast on speakers outside the church for those who couldn’t be inside.
After the service, a wreath-laying ceremony at the war memorial in People’s Park saw 50 wreaths placed on the cenotaph as standard-bearers, cadets, veterans, armed forces personnel, representatives of local schools and organisations and members of the public looked on.
Buglers played the Last Post before a one-minute silence and the Reveille to end the silence.
Leader of the council and president of the Royal British Legion’s Banbury branch Kieron Mallon said: “Many people in Banbury come together on Remembrance Day to pay tribute to family members who went to war but did not come home.
“Remembrance Sundays are tributes to the fallen. They ensure that the sacrifices of those who paid the ultimate price are never forgotten.”