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Solihull remembers its fallen war heroes

Locals turned out in force for a series of Remembrance Sunday parades across the borough.

Gavin Pollock, Royal British Legion, Harvey Jeyes, Grace Academy student, Lee Pollock, Royal British Legion and Keyleigh Charlton, Grace Academy student.
Gavin Pollock, Royal British Legion, Harvey Jeyes, Grace Academy student, Lee Pollock, Royal British Legion and Keyleigh Charlton, Grace Academy student.

Locals turned out in force for a series of Remembrance Sunday parades across the borough – particularly significant with this year being the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

During these hostilities, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare.

And Solihull remembered the fallen.

The town’s service at St. Alphege war memorial was organised by Solihull Council in co-operation with Solihull’s branch of the Royal British Legion and it drew a large crowd wishing to pay their respects to those that had given their lives fighting for their country.

The Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Mrs Kate Wild, was joined by Sion Smith, one of the West Midlands’ Members of the European Parliament, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands, Mr David Bradnock MBE JP DL and local councillors.

There were also representatives from the police, the Royal Navy and the fire service as well as a number of local schools.

Meanwhile, long-standing members of Chelmsley Wood Royal British Legion made Remembrance Day even more special when they joined with 800 students at Grace Academy Solihull to mark the occasion.

Gavin and Lee Pollock, members of the Legion for over 40 years, shared their experiences of serving in the army with the young people and visited an exhibition of the students’ artwork in memory of those who died during the two World Wars and other conflicts. Students were also invited to post messages honouring the contribution of military and civilian servicemen and women on poppies, which were displayed together on a giant poppy in the Academy’s central foyer.

Gavin, who joined the army in 1958 at the age of 15 and served until 1976, said: “I think what the students at Grace Academy have done is fantastic. It’s a good way for young people to say thank you to those we remember.”

 

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