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The town united in remembrance

SOLIHULL residents and veterans turned out in force last weekend to honour the borough’s fallen soldiers and those who are serving in present conflicts.

SOLIHULL residents and veterans turned out in force last weekend to honour the borough’s fallen soldiers and those who are serving in present conflicts.

Despite bad weather, large crowds went along to the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at Solihull’s newly-restored War Memorial.

The Mayor of Solihull, Norman Davies, was among the community leaders who attended the service.

David Mouzer, branch chairman of the Solihull Royal British Legion, said: “We had a very good turn-out from local people.

“I think what’s happening in Iraq and Afghanistan encouraged more people to come along. They realise now that it’s not just about the Second World War.”

In Shirley, young and old braved the rain on a march to St James Church. Solihull’s 492 Squadron was one of many youth groups to walk alongside the ex-servicemen.

Over in Knowle there was a procession through the town centre, while people also paid their respects at the war memorials in Castle Bromwich and Hampton-in-Arden.

Fundraising activities have continued throughout the week - with a poppy dance and salsa event taking place within the last few days.

And although times are tough, there has been a tremendous response to this year’s Poppy Appeal.

“At the moment our total has passed £30,000 and we’re the top club in the county,” said Mr Mouzer.

“We’re still adding up money from the events, so it looks like we might beat last year’s figure of around £43,000. It’s noticeable that people are becoming more generous, even with the recession. It used to be that if we found a £5 we thought we were doing well, now paper money is becoming more and more common.”

Elsewhere in the borough other services included Shirley, Hockley Heath and Olton.

 

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