Poignant tributes of remembrance

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IT WAS a day to honour the great sacrifice of so many people from the Portsmouth area.

Hundreds gathered in Guildhall Square to pay their respects to the people who lost their lives in the two World Wars and later conflicts.

SOLEMN The service in Guildhall Square. Pictures: Malcolm Wells (123669-2160)

SOLEMN The service in Guildhall Square. Pictures: Malcolm Wells (123669-2160)

This year’s Remembrance Sunday fell on Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of the hostilities in the First World War at 11am in 1918.

The Royal Marines Band led a parade of serving military personnel and youth organisations, including Portsmouth Sea Cadets, Royal Marine Volunteer Cadet Corps, Air Training Corps, HMS King Alfred, the Territorial Army and the Army Cadet Force.

Ex-service military associations, including the Royal British Legion, were led by the Salvation Army Band and the Corps of Drums.

The service of remembrance was led by The Very Reverend David Brindley, of Portsmouth’s Anglican Cathedral, and The Reverend Canon David Hopgood, of the city’s Roman Catholic Cathedral.

POIGNANT Service of Remembrance on Southsea Common. Picture: Malcolm Wells (123668-8256)

POIGNANT Service of Remembrance on Southsea Common. Picture: Malcolm Wells (123668-8256)

A gun from HMS Nelson fired at 11am as silence fell across the city for two minutes. Poppy wreathes were laid by dignitaries, including the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Cllr Frank Jonas.

He said: ‘It is right that we should remember with gratitude the sacrifice of the great multitude of men and women, fellow countrymen and fellow citizens of ours, who suffered and died in wars and conflicts past and present.’

He called for a world where we all ‘acknowledge one another as true brothers and sisters’ and war shall be no more. Jean Louth, of Portsmouth World War Two Memorial Fund, said: ‘We will remember them.’ Wreaths were also laid at the Naval Memorial on Southsea Common by The Royal British Legion Riders Branch.

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The Remembrance Service held in Guildhall Square on Sunday morning was conducted by The Chaplain to the City Council, The Very Reverend David Brindley, Dean of Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral and The Reverend Canon David Hopgood of St John's Roman Catholic Cathedral with members of all of Her Majesty's Services present together with The Portsmouth Citadel Salvation Army Band and Corps of Drums and The Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines. After the main service they took leave for The Cenotaph to lay wreaths and then to The World War 2 Memorial 

Picture: Malcolm Wells (123669-2244)

The Remembrance Service held in Guildhall Square on Sunday morning was conducted by The Chaplain to the City Council, The Very Reverend David Brindley, Dean of Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral and The Reverend Canon David Hopgood of St John's Roman Catholic Cathedral with members of all of Her Majesty's Services present together with The Portsmouth Citadel Salvation Army Band and Corps of Drums and The Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines. After the main service they took leave for The Cenotaph to lay wreaths and then to The World War 2 Memorial Picture: Malcolm Wells (123669-2244)

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