On Sunday 8th November Syston remembered its fallen at a socially distanced laying of wreaths organised by the Local Branch of the Royal British Legion assisted by the Syston Town Council.
The Working Men’s club used their speaker system to broadcast the last post across the Central Park and then reveille after the two minute silence.
Each representative was given a designated time to arrive to lay their wreath which began with Vice Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire Col. Murray Colville TD DL, on behalf of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Followed by Cllr Tom Barkley, on behalf of Syston Town Council and the people of Syston, Ms Catherine Voyce for Mr Ed Aggar MP, on behalf of her Majesty’s Government. Mr Gary Taylor, on behalf of the Royal British Legion Syston, Mr Ian Robinson and family on behalf of The Royal Navy and Class Destroyers Assn, HMS Birmingham Assn. Mr James Poland on behalf of the LCC and Mr Noel Bertrum on behalf of the Merchant Navy, Sergeant Ryan Rickman on behalf of the Army Cadets. Followed by Mrs Fiona Henry on behalf of Syston Twinning.
Wreaths were also laid for the Women’s Institute, Scouts Association and Girl Guides, Conservative Club and Working Men’s Club, two by Riverside United Junior FC and painted stones by the Brownies.
Residents held the two minute silence on their drive, doorstep or front garden.
Then on Armistice day 11th November a small socially distanced group of residents paid their respects led by Rick Astil of G E Gamble and Sons, along with a bugler and the Working Mens Club amplifiers again helped hold the two minute silence and pay tribute to all those lost in wars across the years.
Again the residents paid tribute at home and as our photographs show, our businesses did as well, the Coronavrius did not prevent our town from showing it’s gratitude to those who gave their tomorrow for our today.
We all hope that in 2021 the parade will be back and we can all join around the Memorial in Central Park again.