SCARBOROUGH fell silent yesterday for the annual Garden of Remembrance service.
More than 150 people met in Alma Square for the traditional cross-planting ceremony to commemorate servicemen and women who sacrificed their lives in conflicts across the world.
Under crisp autumnal skies, the service saw veterans - resplendent in service medals, berets and poppies - pay tribute to the fallen comrades as prayers were read by the Rev Martyn Dunning.
More than 70 crosses were planted during the ceremony, organised by the Scarborough branch of the Royal British Legion, including one by seven-year-old Mikey Found, the son of Whitby soldier Andrew Found who died earlier this year.
Craftsman Found, 27, of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, was killed by an improvised explosive device while rescuing his squadron comrades.
The service, which also included standard bearers and cadet forces, saw members of St Mary’s Parish Church lead the hymns Eternal Father Strong to Save and O God, Our Help in Ages Past, before the sounding of the Last Post.
The Yorkshire Volunteers Band corps of bugles then marched through Westborough and were joined by veterans who received generous and warm applause from the scores of people lining the streets.
George Southern BEM, President of the Scarborough branch of the Royal British Legion, was buoyed by the support.
He said: “It was a wonderful turnout and there are more and more people who support the Royal British Legion every year. It was probably one of the best services we have had and we were very lucky with the weather too.
“These services are right at the front of people’s minds now because of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and the continuous news allows everyone to see and hear about the death of a soldier or civilians. That makes a big difference to people.”
John Anderson BEM, secretary of Scarborough’s Royal British Legion, added: “That was another impressive display by the public of Scarborough and it definitely increases year on year.”
Scarborough mayor Cllr John Blackburn was also present at the service and praised organisers for their relentless work. He added: “It was a moving ceremony and the Scarborough branch of the Royal British Legion do a wonderful job.