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Neston's Finest Brave the Rain for Remembrance Sunday

Published: 8th November 2015 17:33

Gathering around what must surely be one of the most beautifully decorated war memorials in the country, residents of Neston proudly observed Remembrance Sunday.

Remembrance Sunday in Neston, 2015

Roads were closed by Neston police officers and the parade, led by the Port Lyceum Brass Band, left the Royal British Legion in Chester Road at 2.40pm sharp.  It made its way to the Parish Church of St Mary and St Helen, where the service of remembrance was led by Reverend Alan Dawson.

Remembrance Sunday in Neston, 2015

Afterwards, in teeming rain, wreaths were laid at the War Memorial by dignitaries including Michael Darby (Deputy Lieutenant, representing the Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire); Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston; Cllr Mike Shipman, Mayor of Neston; Terry Abel for the British Legion and Guy Tilby, President of the Rotary Club of Neston.

Remembrance Sunday in Neston, 2015

More wreaths were laid by representatives of the armed forces, the police and youth organisations such as Guides, Brownies, Sea Scouts, Air Cadets and Army Cadets.

Poignantly, as the Last Post was being played, the rain came down even harder, perhaps reminding many of us of all the tears shed for lost lives in various conflicts over the years.

This year in Neston an enormous effort has been made by a number of people to mark the Remembrance services.  1st Ness Guides and Brownies, along with Neston Flower Society, have coordinated a knitted poppy project, culminating in the poppies adorning the war memorial and a gate at the Church. Before today's service, three Brownies laid a knitted poppy bouquet on a war grave in the churchyard.

Remembrance Sunday in Neston, 2015

The church flower arrangers, led by Lucy Brooks, created a poppy 'frame' around the base of the memorial. 

Remembrance Sunday in Neston, 2015the knitted poppies and poppy frame around the War Memorial. Photo by Bernard Rose.

The windows of Andrew's Estates at The Cross saw photos of houses replaced with images of Remembrance. A very touching sight, and the company's Managing Director, Andrew Smith, pledged £100 for every 100 'likes' on the image on their Facebook page, to go to a local armed services charity.

Remembrance Sunday in Neston, 2015One of the images in the window of Andrew's Estates.

At the Malt Shovel pub in Liverpool Road, a mural was created by two schoolchildren along with one of the regular (adult) customers.

Remembrance Sunday in Neston, 2015Mural at The Malt Shovel pub in Liverpool Road.

All in all, Neston can hold its head up high as a great example of a community coming together to remember the enormous sacrifice made by others.

Photo Gallery

In this gallery, where a photograph is uncredited it is the property of AboutMyArea CH64.  Our thanks also to local photographers Bernard Rose, Rob Clive and Nathan Kennedy for their contributions.

Remembrance Sunday in Neston, 2015

Remembrance Sunday in Neston 2015Photo by Nathan Kennedy

Remembrance Sunday in Neston 2015Photo by Nathan Kennedy

Remembrance Sunday in Neston 2015Photo by Nathan Kennedy

Remembrance Sunday in Neston, 2015

Remembrance Day, Neston, 2015Photo by Rob Clive

Remembrance Sunday in Neston, 2015

Remembrance Sunday in Neston, 2015

Remembrance Sunday in Neston, 2015

Remembrance Sunday in Neston, 2015Photo by Bernard Rose

Remembrance Day, Neston, 2015Photo by Rob Clive

Remembrance Sunday in Neston, 2015

Remembrance Sunday in Neston, Photo by Bernard Rose

Remembrance Day, Neston, 2015Photo by Rob Clive

Remembrance Sunday in Neston, 2015

Remembrance Sunday in Neston, 2015

Remembrance Sunday in Neston 2015Photo by Nathan Kennedy

Remembrance Sunday in Neston, 2015

Remembrance Sunday in Neston, 2015

Remembrance Day, Neston, 2015Photo by Rob Clive

Remembrance Sunday in Neston, 2015

Remembrance Sunday in Neston, 2015

Remembrance Sunday in Neston, 2015

Remembrance Sunday in Neston, 2015

Remembrance Sunday in Neston, 2015

Remembrance Sunday in Neston, 2015

Remembrance Day, Neston, 2015Photo by Rob Clive

Remembrance Sunday in Neston, 2015

Remembrance Sunday in Neston, 2015

Remembrance Sunday in Neston, 2015

Remembrance Day, Neston, 2015Photo by Rob Clive

Remembrance Sunday in Neston, 2015

Remembrance Sunday in Neston, 2015Photo by Bernard Rose

Remembrance Sunday in Neston, 2015Photo by Bernard Rose

Remembrance Day, Neston, 2015Photo by Rob Clive

Remembrance Day, Neston, 2015Photo by Rob Clive

Remembrance Day, Neston, 2015Photo by Rob Clive

Remembrance Sunday in Neston, 2015Photo by Rob Clive

Remembrance Sunday in Neston, 2015

Remembrance Sunday in Neston, 2015Photo by Bernard Rose

Remembrance Day, Neston, 2015Photo by Rob Clive

Remembrance Sunday in Neston, 2015

Remembrance Sunday in Neston, 2015Photo by Bernard Rose

Remembrance Day, Neston, 2015Photo by Rob Clive

Remembrance Day, Neston, 2015Photo by Rob Clive

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Our thanks to Nick Marsh for sharing the following short video clip with us.  If you are viewing on a mobile device, you may need to click here to view it on YouTube.

 

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