After minimal opportunities to pay their respects in 2020, veterans and the community came out in force, with an estimated, 2,000 people, young and old, on the streets of Pontefract on 14th November, Remembrance Sunday with the parade led by the David Urquhart Travel Yorkshire Imperial Band.

Brian Berry, RBL Ackworth and Pontefract Branch Chairman said “The Royal British Legion, Ackworth and Pontefract Branch, was delighted to once again commemorate Remembrance Sunday with a parade.  Many thanks to all the people of Pontefract who supported the event.  2021 marks the centenary of The British Legion. The Ackworth Branch was registered in December 1921, making it one of the longest established branches, so it was particularly important to commemorate Remembrance in our traditional way.  We will Remember them.” 

As the Queen’s representative, Colonel Patrick Cairns DL, MA BA (hons) led the commemorative wreath laying at the war memorial, and later he took the salute in Market Place as all those on parade marched past, prior to a service in St Giles Church. Cannon June Lawson led the service in Cornmarket and later in the parish church.

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