Photo gallery: Remembering the fallen heroes of St Albans

PUBLISHED: 16:06 18 November 2010

Harpenden Remembrance Service

14.11.10 Harpenden Remembrance Service

Simon Jacobs

WAR heroes were honoured at Remembrance Day services in St Albans on Sunday.

Record numbers turned out to commemorate the lives of those that have fallen in conflict.

More than 1,000 people are thought to have turned out for the service in St Albans which included a large procession along St Peter’s Street made up of current RAF, Army and Navy personnel including from HMS St Albans, as well as local groups and dignitaries led by the Mayor, Cllr Maxine Crawley.

The Rev Anne Hollinghurst, vicar at St Peter’s Church, led the ceremony and the church’s choir performed at the service for the first time.

The guard of honour fell to Sea Cadets Lauren Davis, 16, and Demi Jueno Chapman, 17, under the direction of Chief Petty Officer Ray Gosling.

Don Dell, who is chair of the St Albans Royal British Legion and has been organising the annual event for several years, estimated that more than 1,000 attended the service as all 900 service sheets ran out.

He continued: “I always organise it with anticipation and you’re always hoping it will go right, but it went far beyond expectations. I felt humbled that so many people attended and the emotion was so high.

“Everybody was standing there and when it came to the two minutes there was complete silence. With so many people you would have thought you would hear something but it was just silent and it was nice that the market was quiet. It was just overwhelming.”

He pointed out that although the Burma Star and Normandy Veterans had disbanded this year, their standard was flown at the service.

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