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Solihull remembers

THOUSANDS gathered to mark Remembrance Sunday at a host of events around the borough.

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THOUSANDS gathered to mark Remembrance Sunday at a host of events around the borough.

Civic dignitaries, Solihull's MP, youth groups and members of the public laid wreaths and took part in commemoration services and parades.

The Mayor of Solihull, Cllr David Bell and his wife Sally were at the borough's War Memorial outside St Alphege Church in the town centre, where they were joined by Meriden MP Caroline Spelman.

Mrs Spelman said: "This is a poignant time of year when the many sacrifices of our brave service men and women need to be remembered. With many soldiers serving in both Iraq and Afghanistan today, the Remembrance services are as important as ever."

Solihull Liberal Democrat MP Lorely Burt attended the commemoration event in Shirley, taking part in a parade from the Shirley Royal British Legion along the Stratford Road to the Church of St James the Great.

The Mayor's deputies attended the Shirley event, as well as the Olton parade and wreath-laying.

Events also took place in Knowle and Meriden.

Councillor Bell also presided over a two minute silence at the Solihull War Memorial on Armistice Day on Tuesday.

As it was the 90th anniversary of Armistice Day this year the Mayor invited six World War Two veterans to join him in the observance, after which they were invited back to the Mayor's Parlour for coffee.

Armistice Day commemorates the armistice signed between the Allies and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front, which took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning - the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month."

 

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