Residents pay their respects to the fallen who gave their all

OVER 1,000 people turned out for the annual Remembrance Sunday ceremony at Tunbridge Wells Town Hall last week, with hundreds attending other gatherings across the borough.

Separate, smaller events were held on Armistice Day (November 11) at the War Memorial and elsewhere in Tunbridge Wells, but the main focus on Remembrance Sunday (November 13) was at the War Memorial in front of the Town Hall.

Attendees included Tunbridge Wells Mayor Cllr Godfrey Bland, as well as representatives from the Armed Services and local dignitaries who were all present to pay their respect to the fallen.

Roads around the Town Hall were closed on Sunday morning to accommodate the crowds who gathered to witness the Service of Remembrance, Thanksgiving and Dedication which took place at 10.45am.

The service was conducted by Chaplain Gareth Jones 129 (Tunbridge Wells) Squadron Air Training Corps, Pastor of the Pantiles Baptist Church.

Just before 11am the traditional Last Post was played before a two-minute silence was observed by all those present.

Wreaths were then laid by members of the civic party, representatives of service organisations, political parties and local groups, as well as members of the public.

The Mayor then took the salute from the War Memorial which was followed by a March Past for Service representatives, and other organisations, in order that they might too pay their respects.

Members of the public were later invited to attend Tunbridge Wells Cemetery at 12.30pm for the Civic Ceremony where the Mayor also placed wreaths at the four War Memorials in the Cemetery which include the Cross of Sacrifice in the WW2 Garden of Remembrance.

Other organisations also then had the opportunity to lay wreaths at various soldiers’ graves at Tunbridge Wells Cemetery.


How we remembered:

Various towns and villages within the borough also paid their respects on Armistice Day (November 11) and Remembrance Sunday (November 13)

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A POIGNANT MOMENT: Hawkhurst Guides lay a Remembrance wreath (Picture by John Hunt)


HISTORY BOYS: Paddock Wood cenotaph (Picture by Cllr Rodney Atkins)


BEST FOOT FORWARD: Rusthall FC paid tribute to the fallen at 11am during their game versus Whiststable Town (Picture by Rusthall FC)


LEST WE FORGET: How Southborough remembered its fallen (Picture by Diana Blackwell of the Southborough Society)

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