HUNDREDS of people in Burton and South Derbyshire have given a ‘magnificent tribute’ to those who have lost their lives fighting for the country.
The sun shone on the Remembrance parades, which featured marching bands, members of all three armed forces and civic dignitaries in Burton and Swadlincote.
Burton’s march started at the town hall and made its way to St Modwen’s Church, in Market Place, for a commemorative service.
The 45-minute service preceded a procession to the war memorial, where representatives of the military and the Royal British Legion laid wreaths in honour of those who have fought to defend this country.
A two-minute silence was followed by prayers and hymns including God is our Strength and Refuge.
Michael Rodgers, the Mayor of East Staffordshire, said: “We’ve had a fantastic day weather-wise and I think that’s help to contribute to a great turn-out.
“I’ve got nothing but admiration for everyone who’s come out to support this hugely important event and given our armed forces the magnificent tribute they deserve.”
Burton MP Andrew Griffiths said: “The recent death of a brave Mercian Regiment soldier has served to further reinforce the huge sacrifices made on our behalf every day.
“The number of people who have supported the event, from the elderly to small children, shows the depth of feeling and desire of the people of Burton to make this an important day and pay their respects.”
Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal organiser Anne Compton said she expected the total raised to be ‘excellent’ when donations had been collated.
She said: “Up to Friday, we’d banked £12,500 and we had a bumper day on Saturday that hasn’t been added yet,
“Also, boxes from shops, offices and schools haven’t been collated yet.
Swadlincote’s parade saw a wreath-laying ceremony take place at Eureka Park’s memorial gates.
Attendees then headed to Hill Street Baptist Church for their Remembrance service.
Parades to honour British troops were also held in Church Gresley, Melbourne and Repton.
Swadlincote Royal British Legion organiser Glyn Jackson said: “This year’s parade was extremely well attended, with a fantastic number of cadets in particular showing their support.
“From what I can gather, when all the money’s been collated, we’ll have raised a fantastic total that should surpass what we managed last year.”