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Young turn out for ceremony

By Dover Express  |  Posted: November 15, 2012

  • poppies: Crosses are planted to mark those from the area who have fallen in armed conflict fighting for freedom around the globe

  • Remembrance Day Sandwich 2012. Picture by Nick Matthews

  • honoured: Mayor Cllr Jeremy Watts and wife Suzie at Sandwich

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RESPECTS were paid by young and old at a well-attended remembrance service in Sandwich on Sunday.

Around 200 people turned out at the war memorial in Market Square to honour those who have lost their lives in conflict.

Laura Sandys MP was joined by Sandwich Mayor Cllr Jeremy Watts and his wife Suzie as wreaths were laid on what was a bright morning.

Members of the Royal British Legion and councillors attended, while music was played by bands from Deal cadets and Sir Roger Manwood's school.

District councillor Paul Carter believes Sandwich now has "the premier Remembrance service in the whole of the Dover District."

He added: "This year there was a high presence of younger people.

"It's good to see it's increasing in attendance rather than decreasing.

"I think it's probably relevant to the current conflict in Afghanistan."

The two minutes' silence was observed perfectly by almost all present.

But a seagull "sitting on top of the houses screaming its head off" failed to pay its respects.

"Otherwise you could have heard a pin drop," said Cllr Pip Russell.

The silence was followed by a service held inside St Peter's Church by canon Mark Roberts from the Eastry Parish.

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