As I predicted, this was a marvellous service on Sunday at the War Memorial with the Royal British Legion well marshalled as usual. We were lucky to have representatives from the Barracks present. As well as Town Mayor Paul Grimes, it was good to be able to welcome the Chairman of the District Council Allison Ashley and many of our local councillors. Also present was Deputy Lord Lieutenant – and Royston resident – Neville Reyner, who is current National Chairman of the British Chambers of Commerce. Vicar Les Harman conducted the Service as well as ever and Hertford Archdeacon Trevor Jones gave an excellent address pointing out that this was not just a 90th celebration of the end of World War One and a chance to remember the fallen of the two World Wars, but also a time to honour more recent sacrifice and he gave a poignant example from the 1991 Gulf War. I was talking to officers who had served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Royston did a marvellous job in showing that we do care for and support our armed forces and honour the memory of those who lost their lives serving their country. I thought the Remembrance was very smart and well done and the group of young buglers were excellent too.
It was a very well attended service this year, reflecting our concern for those currently serving overseas.