Lest we forget – silence across St Albans district

Two scouts approach the war memorial

Two scouts approach the war memorial - Credit: Archant

All across the St Albans district, young and old marched and observed a two-minute silence on Sunday in memory of those who gave their lives for this country.

The two largest ceremonies were in St Albans and Harpenden but smaller Remembrance Day services were held around the district including Sandridge, London Colney and Redbourn.

Radlett also marked Remembrance Day with a parade along Watling Street to the War Memorial in Shenley Hill where a service was held.

In St Albans the Mayor, Cllr Annie Brewster, joined the procession to the War Memorial in St Peter’s Street, where the Vicar of St Peter’s Church, the Rev Anne Hollinghurst, conducted the service.

Together with aldermen and councillors from all tiers of local government, the procession was joined by veterans, members of the armed forces and members of youth groups including air, sea and army cadets as well as scouts and guides.

Participants from other faiths also joined in the commemoration including St Albans United Synagogue, St Albans Islamic Centre, SS Alban and Stephen Roman Catholic Church and Dagnall Street Baptist Church.

Numerous wreaths were placed around the War Memorial and the procession and service were watched by hundreds of local residents.

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Crowds also turned out in Harpenden where the parade was formed at the Royal British Legion Club in Leyton Road before marching to the town’s War Memorial in Church Green.

blob* Two war memorial plaques in St Albans were restored by the district council in time for Remembrance Sunday.

The work in Holywell Hill and Ridgmont Road was carried out as part of a wider restoration and ongoing maintenance programme for war memorials in the council’s care.

The World War One memorial plaque in Holywell Hill, which was re-enamelled, bears the names of servicemen from local roads who died in the conflict and the plaque at the entrance to Ridgmont Plaza car park in Ridgmont Road commemorated men from Vyse’s Hat Factory who died in the same war. It has been cleaned and repointed.

Further work is planned to restore memorial plaques in High Street and Verulam Road subject to listed building consent.