Slideshow: Town pays its respects on Remembrance Sunday

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Thousands came together to remember the fallen last weekend as Remembrance parades took place across the town.

Marking 100 years since the outbreak of the Great War, Morley honoured those who have lost their lives fighting for Britain in conflicts around the world.

Churwell remembered the fallen.

Churwell remembered the fallen.

The Festival of Remembrance at Morley Town Hall on Friday was followed by a service in Scatcherd Park on Remembrance Sunday. Services also took place in Churwell, Gildersome, Drighlington and Tingley.

Attendance estimates at the Morley parade on Sunday centred around the 2,000 mark as wreaths were laid at the park’s war memorial by several figures including Mayor Wyn Kidger and Margaret Kirkness - mother of Lance Corporal David Kirkness who was killed serving in Afghanistan in December 2009.

Coun Kidger said: “It was one of the best days of my life. In Morley it was the biggest crowd I’ve ever seen for anything here and the number of young people there as well was fantastic.”

Coun Terry Grayshon, who was responsible for organising the parades in Morley, said: “In terms of numbers it was certainly the largest Remembrance Parade I can remember for many years and Friday night’s Festival of Remembrance was very well received.

“It’s always a solemn occasion but besides that there is also a great feeling of community spirit about it.

“Morley always does a very job when it comes to remembering the fallen and it’s always an absolute privilege for me to organise the events as everyone comes together to remember.”

Special thanks has been offered by several people to Coun Grayshon for his role in the services and to Fred Ashworth of the Morley branch of the British Legion who had tirelessly fundraised for the Poppy Appeal for a number of weeks.

Bob Smith, also of the Morley British Legion, attended both the Morley parade and the Drighlington ceremony.

He said: “The parades went extremely well and we came away from them in a reflective but positive mood. The way all the organisations in Morley have come together to support these events has been brilliant.”

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