Brentwood marks 100th anniversary of the end of First World War with touching parade, service and life-size 'Tommy' silhouettes
PUBLISHED: 17:20 12 November 2018
Brentwood Borough Council
Thousands paid their respects on Remembrance Sunday as Brentwood commemorated those who had sacrificed their lives for their country.
The parade assembled in Library Square, Brentwood School and made their way to the War Memorial accompanied by the Brentwood Imperial Youth Band.
This was followed by a service conducted by Canon Phillip Need and the Bishop of Brentwood Reverend Alan Williams, followed by wreaths being laid.
There was a two-minute silence at 11am, after which the parade left the War Memorial and went towards the High Street.
A march past and salute was taken by Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Dennis Rensch from the Dais in the High Street outside the Halifax, accompanied by the Mayor of Brentwood, Councillor Sheila Murphy.
This was followed by a Service of Remembrance in St Thomas’ Church at 11.30am.
Visitors were given a moment of reflection at the end of the service and as they left the service poppy petals were scattered from the balcony.
Ahead of Remembrance Day, First World War “Tommy” soldiers were installed around Brentwood to mark the centenary end of the war.
The council supported two life-size silhouettes as part of the ‘There But Not There’ campaign, which have been placed at the War Memorial, on Middleton Hall Lane, and at Chapel Ruins, in the High Street.
The campaign aims to connect communities and remember the hundreds of thousands of British and Commonwealth soldiers lost a century ago.
Cllr Sheila Murphy said: “Brentwood stopped at exactly 100 years since the guns of the First World War fell silent for the final time to remember.
“We commemorated and paid respects to those who have given their lives for the ultimate sacrifice for their country during both World Wars and all the conflicts since.
“It is important we never forget them, and I am proud that this year more people than ever turned out to watch the parade and show their support for the Armed Forces.”