Morley remembers The Fallen

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Young and old packed into the heart of Morley and paused in silence for The Fallen on Remembrance Sunday.

Around 2,000 people lined Queen Street and Scatcherd Park to pay tribute to the service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving their country

Commemorations started on Friday night, with the annual Festival of Remembrance at a packed town hall.

Children from the Morley Academy choir performed pieces by Elgar at the service, which was led by the Rev Mike Godfrey. A

nd in a moving part of the ceremony, a trio of veterans took to the stage and handed over a poppy to three sixth form students, in a symbolic act of passing the Act of Remembrance from the old to the young.

On Sunday the annual Parade formed outside the town hall before marching to the war memorial in Scatcherd Park, where wreaths were laid and prayers were said.

Services also took place in Churwell and at the Tingley Air Crash Memorial site.

Chairman of the Morley Remembrance Committee Terry Grayshon said: “Both the Festival Remembrance and the Parade were extremely well attended and received.

“The crowds seem to get bigger every year. I’d like to say thank you to all those who came and supported. Morley always does very well at remembering The Fallen and it is a credit to the town that even though on Sunday the skies looked like they were about to open and produce some biblical flooding, people still turned out and were not deterred. British Legion member Dennis Marshall, who was one of the three veterans on stage at the Festival of Remembrance, said: “You can’t put a price on remembering the bravery of those who fought. My wife and I were both tired standing at the parade, but when you put it into context of what they had to go through it’s nothing.”