Published: 13 November 2022
Hundreds of people lined the streets today (Sunday 13th) as Banbury remembered those who lost their lives in two world wars and later conflicts.
Crowds watched a 300-strong military and civilian parade march from Broad Street up High Street to Horse Fair and St Mary’s Church as part of the town’s Remembrance Day.
The Banbury 1460 Air Training Corps Band led the procession of current service personnel, cadets, veterans, local organisations, and civic dignitaries.
An invited congregation attended a special service in St Mary’s and for those who couldn’t be inside the church, proceedings were relayed on speakers outside.
After the service, in People’s Park, the traditional wreath-laying ceremony at the War Memorial saw more than 50 wreaths placed on the cenotaph.
The town’s Remembrance Day was organised by Banbury Town Council and the Royal British Legion (Banbury branch).
Leader of the council and president of the Royal British Legion’s Banbury branch Kieron Mallon said: “This is a time when people come together to remember those who went to war but did not come home.
“Banbury is a town with a long, proud military history and many families locally have been touched by the effects of war. Remembrance Day gives those families the chance to pay tribute.”
Chairman of the RBL’s Banbury branch Chris Smithson added: “Remembrance Sunday is a national opportunity to remember the service and sacrifices of all those who have defended our freedoms and protected our way of life.
“We remember the Armed Forces and their families – from Britain and the Commonwealth – plus the vital roles played by the emergency services.