Remembrance Day, Greenhead Park, 11th November 2014

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Greenhead Park War Memorial

A Remembrance Day service took place on Tuesday, 11 November 2014, at Greenhead Park War Memorial. Two days prior to this, it was a day of remembrance like no other.

Thousands packed into churches and around cenotaphs for special Remembrance Sunday services to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One.

Spectators lined Huddersfield town centre for the annual Remembrance Sunday parade which was led by Hade Edge Band. The parade, which also included Army, Navy and RAF cadets, scouts, St John Ambulance and representatives from the emergency services and Huddersfield University, then filed into Huddersfield Parish Church.

The near capacity service, led by Vicar of Huddersfield Rev Simon Moore, included Kirklees Mayor Ken Smith, Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman and military officers as guests of honour. Rev Moore said: “We remember these people today and on November 11 because they are part of us and we are part of them – and that is something to be proud of.”

As well as prayers, minutes of silence and a rendition of The Last Post, the service included a solo performance of ‘Stand Up, Be Proud’ by Molly Mellor. Twelve-year-old Molly, who attends Crossley Heath School, Halifax, was one of six children chosen to write with TV choirmaster Gareth Maloney. Molly and the other selected children performed their songs at St Symphorien War Cemetery, in Belgium, for BBC2.

Following the service Mayor Ken Smith said: “It was an amazing turnout; we filled the church to capacity. Molly’s performance at the end was very moving, especially considering the courage it takes to sing in front of an audience.”

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