Remembrance Sunday: Portsmouth Guildhall

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PORTSMOUTH’S Guildhall Square was packed for a poignant Remembrance Sunday service.

The crowds fell silent, then applauded as military personnel and members of ex-service groups marched on to the square led by the Royal Marines Band.

Sunshine and clear blue skies were the order of the day as representatives from RM Volunteer Cadet Corps, Air Training Corps, army and navy reservists and the Hampshire and Isle Of Wight Army Cadet Force took part in the parade.

The Guildhall steps were decorated with giant poppies to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War and hundreds wore their poppies in honour of service men and women.

Among those attending was Prince Michael of Kent, Honorary Rear Admiral and Commodore-in-Chief of the Maritime Reserve, who laid a wreath at both the First World War and Second World War memorials as well as taking the salute as the parade marched off from the square.

The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Cllr Steven Wylie, was joined by the Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire, Col Charles Ackroyd, in leading the civic delegation, which included city council leader, Councillor Donna Jones.

The service of remembrance was led by Canon Peter Leonard, of Portsmouth’s Anglican Cathedral, and Father James McAuley, of the Roman Catholic Cathedral.

A gun from HMS Nelson was fired at 11am to start the two minute silence and the Last Post was sounded.

The crowd of thousands was wowed by performances by The Portsmouth Military Wives Choir, joined by the Hampshire Police Male Voice Choir, who were accompanied by the Salvation Army and The Royal Marines bands.

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