THE Service of Remembrance at St Mary’s Parish Church, Burley-in-Wharfedale and the Act of Remembrance at the village war memorial in Grange Park were very well attended.

There was an excellent turnout from the Scouts, Guides, Cubs, Brownies, Beavers and Rainbows and their leaders and cadets from the 1224 (Wharfedale) Squadron ATC, accompanied by their Squadron Commander, Flt. Lt. Wayne Yeadon.

Representatives of the Lord Lieutenant, Bradford MDC and Burley Parish Council were also present along with ex-servicemen and women and members of the public.

The service in church was led by the Vicar, the Rev Alastair Kirk, and the sermon was preached by the Methodist Minister, the Rev Tim Perkins. Reading’s were given by Guides and Scouts. During the first hymn standards and colours of the uniformed organisations were received. A collection was taken for The Poppy Appeal.

There followed the Act of Remembrance at the war memorial which was again led by the Vicar with prayers led by the Minister and readings by Girl Guides.

The names on The Roll of Honour, remembering those who gave their lives in both World Wars and in conflicts since that time, were read by Royal British Legion member Tom Pickard prior to The Last Post being sounded by 83 year-old Malcolm Sexton.

Wreaths were then laid by many organisations and following this the Minute’s Silence was held before Mr Sexton then sounded Reveille and later played The National Anthem.

Burley’s Poppy Appeal Organiser, Rachel O’Connor, said:”It was a marvellous turn out for the service in church and the Act of Remembrance at the war memorial. I would like to thank Tom Sumner for cleaning the war memorial prior to Remembrance Sunday and the pupils from Ghyll Royd School who re-planted the planters adjacent to the war memorial.

She added: “I would also like to thank everyone who sold Poppies this year, we were very happy to welcome three new sellers to our team, and I thank all the businesses who also sold Poppies. Thanks also to everyone who helped with the Poppy Coffee Morning on Saturday which raised £200.”

* All photos by Sam Young