09:57AM, Monday 11 November 2013
A ‘dignified’ and ‘poignant’ Remembrance Sunday service was attended by one of the highest numbers of people to date in Maidenhead town centre.
Members of the public, ex-servicemen, former mayors and councillors congregated by Maidenhead's war memorial in St Ives Road at 10.45am yesterday to honour fallen servicemen and women.
Crowds watched on as the first wreath was laid by Deputy Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead John Lenton, followed by representatives from organisations including the air cadets and scouts.
A bugle then played The Last Post which signalled the beginning of a two minute silence.
This was followed by a service at St Mary's Church in High Street at 11.15pm which lasted for just over half an hour.
After the service a parade of representatives from organisations including the sea cadets, army cadets and girl guides marched past the library and town hall to live music from the Maidenhead Salvation Army band.
Cllr Lenton then performed a salute.
"It was a perfect setting for a perfect service," said Furze Platt councillor Derek Sharp.
He added: "It was better attended than ever before, they couldn't fit everyone in the church."
Cllr Cathy Newbound, who represents the Pinkneys Green Ward said:
"There are still a lot of people around who had family members who served in the second world war.
“The more recent conflicts has also pushed Remembrance into people's minds."
“It was a poignant and dignified service and very well attended."
Armistice day will be marked today with another ceremony at Maidenhead Town Hall from 10.55am. A ceremonial cannon will be fire by Royal Borough bombardier John Matthews before a two minute silence is held.
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