Eckington residents pay their respects to the fallen on Remembrance Sunday

Eckington residents came out in droves on Remembrance Sunday to remember the fallen soldiers lost across all conflicts.

The day began with a parade through the village, which started at roughly 9.15am at the beginning of Fanshaw Road.

Members of the Cadets, the Scouting movement and ex-servicemen and women marched to Eckington Church to the rhythm of a brass band, who led the procession. They were increasingly joined by members of the public, who lined the streets of the village to also pay their respects.

A service was then hosted inside the church. Flags were laid inside and hymns were sung to remember those lost. There were also readings from the bible and a speech was made by the Parish Rector Andy Walker.

During the speech he said: “We only need to watch that popular TV programme called ‘the news’ to realise that war is as much a reality today as it was then.

“Regardless of how we spin it, war is still the same gruesome business that it has ever been.”

A list of names of all those lost from the parish in the First and Second World Wars was also read out. After the service, people gathered outside around the village cenotaph to lay wreaths of remembrance.

South East Sheffield News spoke to Reverend Walker after the service. He said: “It’s important that we stop and say thank you.

“It’s not just the older generation it’s about everybody and it’s about everybody recognising. We may not know any of them, but we’ve all been affected by them – whether we can name them or not.”

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Eckington District Councillor Jacqueline Ridgway said: “I was amazed at the amount of people there were this year, compared to last year.

“You start the march and people just kind of join the march from different areas and I think that’s so lovely.”

Scout Leader Joe Shires, 19, said: “My family are a big military family. Myself, I tried to get into the army as a Royal Engineer.

“It’s good to see that young people are taught about the history and the heritage of who they are and what they did.”

Eddie Tomlinson, 80, has organised the event for the last 20 years and said: “I don’t think we’ve ever been washed out once. It looked like it was yesterday with how bad it was and it’s just come right for us. There’s somebody up there just thinking about us.”

Eddie spent two years in the Royal Air Force as national service and added: “It’s nice to know that you’ve organised something where you’ve got over 200 people attending.”

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