Fareham shoppers stop to mark Armistice Day

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SCORES of shoppers in a busy shopping centre stopped in their tracks to remember those lost at war.

Fareham Shopping Centre saw Armistice Day marked with a short service followed by a two-minute silence.

The event was packed, with people coming from across the area to show their support.

In the crowd was George Fisher, from Queens Close, in Lee-on-the-Solent. The 92-year-old served in the Royal Artillery from 1942 until 1947 as a signaller.

He said: ‘These people who we are talking about were only young lads, who lost their lives.

‘I was only 19 when I went into the forces, I was lucky. These were young lads who we couldn’t bring home, they will stay where they fell. That’s why it is important to remember.’

Mayor of Fareham Mike Ford was also in attendance. He said: ‘It has been, once more, a very dignified commemoration of remembrance.’

Mike Homer, Fareham’s Poppy Appeal coordinator, said he was proud to see so many people there and thanked everybody for their support this year.

He added: ‘It has been really good to see this turn out. I am hopeful that we will break last year’s fund-raising total and have raised more than £30,000.’