Brentwood remembers its fallen heroes

Fallen heroes and war veterans were remembered across Brentwood on Sunday.

The borough’s mayor Cllr Ann Coe, council leader Cllr Louise McKinlay and the council’s managing director Alison Crowe led the town hall delegation on the Remembrance Day parade to the war memorial.

Cllr Coe and Cllr McKinlay laid wreaths on behalf of the borough and the council. The Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Lord Petre, laid a wreath on behalf of the Queen.

Cllr Coe said: “It is the most solemn duty of a mayor to take part in the Remembrance Day parade and church service to commemorate the sacrifice of the fallen.

“I also participated in the parade as a wife and mother of veterans and as the mother-in-law of a serving soldier. They all joined me yesterday for the service.

“I was pleased to see the high turn-out and this confirmation that the duty of those we commemorate continues to be remembered.”

Last week, a commemoration plaque at the base of the war memorial was stolen.

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Bakers of Danbury replaced it for free in time for the service.

Pupils from Brentwood School also took part in services last Friday.

The main service, for fifth and sixth-formers, was at Brentwood Cathedral led by guest preacher The Rev Canon Chris Bishop. He was joined by headteacher Ian Davies for the moving tribute.

The traditional laying of a wreath by the school’s student head was carried out Lauren Tai.