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Remembrance Service in the Square, Sunday 13 November 2011

Photograph from the Petersfield Post, reproduced with kind permission

Hundreds of Petersfield residents came out to mark remembrance Sunday at the annual ceremony held in the town.

Veterans joined soldiers from Bordon Garrison on the march along the High Street to the Square before the town fell silent at 11am to commemorate the fallen.

They were followed by members of Petersfield Air Training Corps, Churcher's College Combined Cadet Force and Petersfield Scouts, Guides, Brownies and Rainbows, while musical accompaniment came from The Salvation Army Band and the Churcher's College Orchestra and Choir.

Rev'd Will Hughes, vicar of St Peter's Church, led his first Remembrance Sunday service with a call for reflection and recognition.

"It was quite a daunting prospect at first but at the same time this offered a great opportunity to bring the town together in remembrance." said Rev'd Hughes.

"With such an impressive turnout, it really created a strong connection and warm atmosphere."

During the ceremony, East Hampshire MP Damian Hinds and Petersfield town mayer George Watkinson, together with current members of the services, laid wreaths beneath the war memorial.

Poppy Appeal collectors raised a staggering £2,220 in 15 minutes in The Square.

Petersfield Royal British Legion branch branch chairman Cmdr Clive Lewis said that it last year's total by £800.

Reproduced, with kind permission, from the Petersfield Post

See the report on the Rememberance day Service held at St Mary Magdalen, sheet

Photographs taken during the morning:

John Callaghan, chairman of PACT, speaking to George Watkinson, Mayor of Petersfield

John and the Chaplaincy Team - showing the new high-viz Chaplaincy jackets

Musicians from Churcher's College provided some of the music
John with Damien Hinds MP and the Mayor  
Members of the British Legion
Damian Hines, George Watkinson and Rev'd Will Hughes Linda Read with The Salvation Army Band
At the War Memorial

See accounts and photographs of Remembrance Day services in earlier years - Remembrance Service in Petersfield

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