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Remembrance Parade and Service 2017

This years Remembrance Day Parade and Service took place on Sunday, 12 November 2017.

Ash Parish council would like to apologise for the breakdown of the sound system during this years Service caused by a technical malfunction despite this being tested and working up to 10:15 on the day. A new and more reliable sound system will be in place for future Services.

The parade from the Ash Centre to the Ash War Memorial was led by lone piper, Ewan McDermott. The Union Flag was carried by representatives from the recently formed Ash Manor combined Cadet Force.

The Parade was led by Vice-Chairman of Ash Parish Council, Councillor John Tonks. who was accompanied the Clerk of the Council, Carole Olive and other members of Ash Parish Council.

They were joined in the parade, by a number of service personnel, members of the Royal British Legion, other uniformed organisations, and members of the University of the 3rd Age (U3A).

The Service of Remembrance was conducted by Reverend Keith Bristow and other members of the local clergy.

Councillor John Tonks led the wreath laying ceremony. Followed by the represenatives from the local uniformed organisations and members of U3A. During the Service Molly James and Max Hamblyn, students from Ash Manor School, read out the names of the fallen, listed on the Memorial, who died between the November 1916 and November 1917.

The North East Hampshire Area School Band once again provided the accompanying music, with buglers sounding the evocative Last Post and Reveille. Tim Edwards once again marshalled the Parade.

Following the service, the parade returned to the Ash Centre where the salute was taken by Councillor John Tonks as the various contingents marched past.

Before final dispersal, Councillor Tonks thanked all the individuals, groups and organizations that had contributed towards and attended the event.

Tea and coffee were then served in the Ash Centre by members of Churches Together.