Wilmslow pays tribute to the fallen

The Wilmslow Remembrance Day Parade and Service honoured those who fought and sacrificed their lives while serving their country on Sunday, 10th November.

The parade, under the control of Parade Marshall Chris McMurdock, set off from Grove Avenue at 9.30am. Members of The Royal British Legion led civic dignitaries, police officers, army cadets, air cadets, scouts, cubs, beavers, guides, brownies and rainbows down Grove Street and Church Street to Wilmslow Parish Hall where the Remembrance Service was held.

Following the service, the congregation made their way up the road to the War Memorial for the two minutes silence and the wreath laying ceremony.

George Osborne MP was in town this weekend for a number of appointments which included a meeting with organisers of the Wilmslow Poppy Appeal and local cadets.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer called into Sainsbury's on Saturday, 9th November, where local Air and Army Cadets were collecting on behalf of The Royal British Legion.

Khumi Burton, County Poppy Appeal Coordinator for Cheshire East, commented "It was great to see the Chancellor supporting the Cadets and the Poppy Appeal in Wilmslow. The Poppy Appeal helps ex-servicemen and women and their families with basic necessities in their everyday life which we take for granted. The money raised is directly for the arm forces families in our areas and throughout the UK. Everyone has been most generous in their donations and all these cannot be achieved without the help of volunteers, who man the static points in Waitrose and Sainsbury's."

George Osborne said "Remembrance Day is the moment when we remember the many many people who gave their lives to keep us free, including those most recently in Iraq and Afghanistan, The Poppy Appeal brings the whole nation together and it is wonderful to see the volunteers and cadets coming together for this national commemoration."

The previous weekend the 1st Dean Row Guides helped with bag packing for the Poppy Appeal at Sainsbury's.

Khumi commented "People were very generous in the two hours they were there, they collected £210.27 a very good sum indeed. I want to thank them and their parents for the time they gave for this cause and I sincerely hope that our relationship will continue. I also want to thank the customers who gave generously.

"The guides were very well mannered, polite and always smiling."

Khumi added "We have counted just the money collected from the Waitrose stand and the amount is £5311.19. Kate and I want to thank all Waitrose customers who have been most generous and those volunteers who manned the stand throughout the week. Thank you thank you."

George Osborne, Khumi Burton, Poppy Appeal, Wilmslow Remembrance Day