Hundreds remember the fallen at Remembrance Day 2018 in Doddington
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Hundreds of people, young and old, filled the grounds of St Mary’s Church in Doddington for a poignant Remembrance Day service this morning.
With one of the best turnouts in recent years, members of the brownies, guides, scouts and armed forces as well as children from local schools lead the parade through Church Lane.
As residents of the village gathered to remember the fallen, church warden Paul Dunkley gave a moving reading before representatives from local groups laid their poppy wreaths at the memorial.
And, just as the Last Post was being played, the sun started to shine before everyone filled the pews in the church for a traditional Remembrance Sunday service.
Mr Dunkley, who was joined by Reverend Sheila Tooke, said: “It was a fantastic ceremony and good to see so many young people in attendance.”
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Ben Emmet, who served in the 1st Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment for eight years and grew up in Doddington, returned to the village for the moving service with his two young children.
Having travelled back to Doddington from Great Yarmouth, he said: “I try to come back every year and I have been involved in the Remembrance services since I was a child.
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“It’s important to me for personal reasons as I served in the armed forces for eight years, and I grew up in the village. It’s great to see so many people here and not letting that tradition die.
Wreaths were laid on behalf of Doddington United Football Club, Doddington Parish Council, Doddington Scouts, Doddington Girlguiding, Doddington Women’s Institute, Doddington 1st Rainbows, Doddington Christmas Lights Committee, Doddington Hundredth Club, 2nd Doddington Brownies, Doddington Street Pride.