Crowds lined the streets of Oxfordshire over the weekend to mark Remembrance Day and pay tribute to those who lost their lives in conflict.
On Friday, RAF Brize Norton’s personnel stopped all non-essential duties to attend a ceremony led by the Station Padre, Wing Commander Geoff Withers for service and civilian personnel at the Oxfordshire base.
Silence fell at 11am as personnel remembered those from across the world who died or were injured in the service of their country.
In Carterton’s Memorial Garden, children from RAF Brize Norton pre school laid pebbles to form a poppy to mark Remembrance.
Children who all wore their poppies on their clothes had painted pebbles red, black and green to create a big poppy to remember the fallen.
Witney Town Mayor Chris Woodward and MP Robert Courts attended the service in Witney to lay a wreath at the memorial site in an event attended by hundreds of people braving the chilly weather.
Parades in Abingdon, Wallingford and Didcot were also very well-attended.
Wallingford councillor, and supporter of the British Legion, Lynda Atkins said: “The Remembrance Parade in Wallingford was very well attended indeed again this year, with people standing five-deep around the Market Place.
“I was very pleased to see so many young people there, both in the parade, with cadets, scouts, guides, brownies, cubs and rainbows all there, and in the crowd. It is very important to pass the idea of remembrance on to future generations, and that seems to be working in Wallingford.”
The same strong show of solidarity and respect came across the county in north Oxfordshire too.
In Banbury, more than 300 people took part in the town’s Remembrance Day parade.
The military and civic procession, led by the Air Cadets Band, moved through the town before going into People’s Park where more than 40 poppy wreaths were laid at the war memorial.
Service men and women, veterans and civilians placed wreaths at the Cenotaph before a closing ceremony that included the lowering of flags, and a moving rendition of The Last Post.
This year’s tribute was the first since the town’s war memorial was updated to include those who died serving their country in all wars and conflicts at home and abroad as well as the fallen in the two Worlds Wars.
Royal British Legion Banbury branch president and leader of Banbury Town Council Kieron Mallon said: “Remembrance Day honours those who made the ultimate sacrifice and it is a tribute to them that so many people turned out to stand in silence as the parade marched through town.”
In Bicester, crowds gathered at St Edburg’s Church.
Wreaths were laid by town dignitaries including mayor Les Sibley and deputy lord lieutenant Miranda Markham, as well as groups and organisations including the police, prisons and fire service.
Visitors from Bicester’s twinned towns in France, Germany and Poland also laid wreaths.
Following the church service a parade was led by the band of 2507 Bicester Squadron Air Training Cadets and soldiers from 1 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps Army.