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All ages pay respect to the fallen in war

YOUNG and old alike paid their respects to the fallen at Remembrance Day events around the borough.

YOUNG and old alike paid their respects to the fallen at Remembrance Day events around the borough.

Hundreds gathered for the service at the war memorial in Solihull town centre with poppy wreaths laid at the monument.

The open air service, on Sunday, was attended by many who have served in the armed forces, along with other members of the public.

In Shirley, there was the traditional parade along the Stratford Road - with cadets and veterans marching side by side.

Events to honour servicemen also took place in Knowle - with a procession down the High Street - and Olton.

In Castle Bromwich, over 700 people turned out to see the dedication of a new memorial stone installed on the village green.

Children and young people also took part in events - with many cadets helping to raise money for this year’s Poppy Appeal.

Members of 030 (Elmdon and Yardley) Squadron Air Training Corps were selling the red emblems on Knowle High Street and in Dorridge.

For students at the Sixth Form College, Solihull, there was a chance to visit the battlefields - where thousands died in the Great War.

History students spent two days visiting the museums and war graves of Belgium.

And at Solihull School, a former pupil - now a soldier - came back to take part in a Remembrance Day service.

Alex Gay, an officer with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, returned to lay a wreath at the war memorial.

The 23-year-old was a member of the cadets and decided he wanted to pursue a career in the armed forces.

“Remembrance Day is hugely important and it’s good to be back, because the Fusiliers are the parent regiment of the school’s cadets,” he said.

 

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