Syston once again came together on Sunday 11th November to remember those who have lost their lives serving their country.
The sun shone brightly as people lined the streets, the parade began from the Melton Road car park, where the Syston band led the way along Melton road to the Cenotaph in Central Park.
This years large parade included members of the Royal British Legion and Veterans, Town Councillors including the Chairman. The chairman and members of the Syston Twining Association along with the President of our twinned town association in France, Deville Les Rouen, who presented a basket of fresh flowers, which is the French tradition for remembrance. These were followed by the 1181 (Syston) ATC Squadron and the Fire Service. The Scout and Guide Band then led ranks of Scouts, Guides, Brownies, Cubs, Beavers and Rainbows. All arrived at the park gates in time to file into the area around the War Memorial with many people having to stand on the Melton Road as there was not enough space inside the gates.
The unmistakable ‘Last post’ was played, followed by a two-minute silence that was immaculately observed by a large gathering of people, which was refreshingly represented by both young and old. The Reveille broke the silence.
Wreaths were then laid as the names of dead were read out and the Syston Band quietly played ‘abide with me’. This was followed by the Chairman of the RBL reciting the ‘Kohima Epitaph’ followed by everyone singing ‘O God, our help in ages past’.
Prayers and blessing followed led by Rev’d Nicky McGinty, then the parade reformed and marched back down Melton Road and onto High Street with the band leading the procession to a special service held at St Peter and St Paul’s Church. After the service refreshments were served at the Conservative club.
Syston can once again be very proud at the way this event was marked.