‘They shall grow not old’: Thousands turn out to pay tribute to the fallen

Those who sacrificed their lives in the name of freedom have been remembered at services across Bridgend county.

Veterans joined serving members of the Armed Forces, cadet forces, youth groups, school pupils and families to mark Remembrance Sunday.

In Bridgend, the City of Swansea Pipe Band led the Royal British Legion-organised parade to the town Cenotaph, where a moving service was held.

Bridgend Town Mayor Bob Burns said the service, which also marked the centenary of the start of World War I, was made extra special by the range of ages among those who attended.


 

“The crowds beyond the parade were a lot larger than in previous years and the town council’s military advisory committee is going to try to improve these numbers further,” he said.

“I thought it was a fantastic show of public remembrance.”

Councillor Mel Nott, leader of Bridgend County Borough Council, said: “The Remembrance Day service in Bridgend town centre was highly moving.

“Once again, the people of Bridgend County Borough turned out in huge numbers to demonstrate their great respect for our local military community, and for the sacrifice of those who have fallen.

“I would like to thank everyone who attended or who took part in the parade and congratulate the organisers for enabling us to pay tribute to our servicemen and women, both past and present, in such a fitting manner.”

In Maesteg, military vehicles owned and driven by private collectors, which included a Scout Car armoured fighting vehicle, led the parade to the Cenotaph.

Maesteg Town Mayor Philip Jenkins praised the Royal British Legion for organising the commemorations.

“We had a good turnout and it was a great day and it shows the support of the town, I believe,” said Councillor Jenkins.

He added that the Reverend Geraldine Blyth had conducted a “poignant” service at St Michael’s Church, where the choir “performed beautifully”.

Services were also held in Porthcawl, Pontycymmer and Pencoed, among other places.

Prior to the Remembrance Sunday events, the Porthcawl branch of the Royal British Legion also held a Festival of Remembrance at the Grand Pavilion on Friday night, featuring Nottage Primary School Choir, Sounds Familiar, Porthcawl Male Choir, Army, Navy and Sea Cadets, St John’s Ambulance Cadets, Corps of Drums and Legion Standards.

A Poppy Appeal Gala Concert was also held at the Sony Theatre, Bridgend College, on Saturday evening.

The Mayor of Bridgend County Borough, Councillor Gary Thomas, said the Poppy Appeal concert was “an excellent way of marking our respect for past and present members of the armed forces.”

“The wealth of talent on show from the likes of Bridgend Male Voice Choir, Pencoed Silver Band, the 1092 Sqn Air Cadets and more proved to be a highly appropriate way of displaying our gratitude and I would like to thank everyone who supported this very worthwhile event,” he said.

Swansea-born actor Richard Mylan, who is currently starring in the BBC1 drama Waterloo Road, also took to the stage at the concert organised by the Legion, Coun David White and Delyth Owen, to read a letter from the trenches of World War I.

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