Remembrance fly-past over Lee-on-the-Solent

People gathered at the war memorial in Lee-on-the-Solent. Pictures: Paul Jacobs (143068-7)
People gathered at the war memorial in Lee-on-the-Solent. Pictures: Paul Jacobs (143068-7)

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REMEMBRANCE events took place across Gosport to mark the important day.

The Fleet Air Arm remembrance service took place on Lee-on-the-Solent seafront at the war memorial, where the guard and band were provided by HMS Sultan.

9/11/14''Remembrance Sunday service in Gosport.''Picture: Paul Jacobs (143068-1)

9/11/14''Remembrance Sunday service in Gosport.''Picture: Paul Jacobs (143068-1)

Rear-Admiral Russ Harding took the salute as the Fleet Air Arm Association marched past.

Cllr John Beavis, who was representing Gosport Borough Council, said: ‘I have never seen so many people crowded around the war memorial before.

‘It was a terrific ceremony.’

A Lynx and a sea king helicopter flew past.

A parade and service also took place at the Gosport War Memorial Hospital, in Bury Road, Gosport, with a guard from HMS Sultan.

Readings were given by the Gosport sea cadets, Gosport district scouts, St John Ambulance, Gosport army cadets and Air Training Corps 1098 (Gosport) Squadron.

Christchurch ward councillor Richard Dickson, said: ‘It was a lovely service where the youth of Gosport contributed in a very poignant and moving way.’

Cllr Dickson said that it was an especially important ceremony as this year marks the 350th anniversary of the formation of the Royal Marines.

He said that as Royal Marines funded the building of the Gosport War Memorial Hospital, it is one of the biggest memorial to the Royal Marines in the UK.

Another service also took place at the war memorial in the sunken garden, on the seafront at Lee-on-the-Solent.

The service was led by Rev Paul Chamberlain from St Faith’s Church.

The head boy and the head girl from Lee-on-the-Solent Junior School said the prayers and reading.

Lee-on-the-Solent ward councillor Graham Burgess said: ‘It was a moving service and it was very well attended.’