Peak pays its tribute

PEOPLE across the High Peak will fall silent this weekend to recognise the borough’s fallen heroes.

Remembrance Sunday services will take place across the High Peak, with the borough’s Mayor Cllr Pat Jenner, urging residents to turn out and observe the two-minute silence.

Buxton’s service, at the Cenotaph on the Slopes, will be conducted jointly by the Revered John Hudghton and Reverend Andrew Parker, and organisations attending are asked to be in place by 10.45am.

Derbyshire’s Deputy Lieutenant Michael Hall and Cllr Tony Kemp, Deputy High Peak Mayor, will both be present at the service, after which a procession to Buxton Methodist Church Hall will take place. Music will be provided by Fairfield Band and refreshments will be served at the church hall.

A special service to re-dedicate the newly restored war memorial at St Mary’s Church in Buxton will take place on Sunday afternoon.

Members of 73 Engineering Regiment, who worked on the restoration, as well as their Regimental Lieutenant Colonel, will meet at the Dale Road memorial for the service at 3pm.

Guests of honour will also include The Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire or his deputy, the High Peak Mayor and local county councillors.

There will be short services at Furness Vale War Memorial at 9.15am and at Bridgemont War Memorial at 9.30am.

A service at St George’s Church in New Mills will take place with those attending asked to be in church for 10.20am. A wreath laying ceremony at the war memorial in the church grounds will take place at 11am before a parade through the town and onto High Lea Park, for a second wreath laying ceremony at the Garden of Remembrance.

Light refreshments will be served at the Royal Oak.

New Mills band will lead the march and the army cadets, and High Peak MP Andrew Bingham, will also be in attendance. For more information on the New Mills events, contact Jeff Lawton on 07973 828 723.

The Royal British Legion will be assembling in Canal Street, Whaley Bridge at 10am for the parade to the Uniting Church for the remembrance service at 10.45am, to be taken by Beryl Axcell.

After the service, there will be a march to the Memorial Cross at the Jodrell Arms car park for the laying of wreaths and the Last Post.

In Hayfield, a community service and wreath laying ceremony will take place at the Cenotaph, followed by a church service at St Matthew’s Church.

All local groups and organisations will be represented and Thornsett Band will also be in attendance.