RICHMOND has become accustomed to a large turn-out on Remembrance Sunday whatever the weather, but this year there were hundreds of spectators to pay their respects for the fallen in the bright sunshine.

Organised by Richmond Town Council and the Richmond branch of the Royal British Legion and Poppy Appeal, military personnel from 4 Scots, HMS Richmond, 90 Squadron RAF, Royal Military Police, Army Cadets and the Air Training Corps, as well as military veterans, marched from the Town Hall to St Mary’s Church.

The service, packed with residents, military personnel and veterans, included hymns and readings from Richmond Mayor Jonathan Preece, and the president of the Richmond branch of the Royal British Legion.

Following the service, the parade continued to Friary Gardens, where a bugler from 4 Scots played the Last Post, ahead of the minute’s silence.

Then, dozens of military and civilian organisations laid wreaths at the War Memorial, before continuing to march to the Green Howards Memorial in Pottergate for a further Last Post from the Armoured Corps Band.

One of the organisers from the Royal British Legion, and Richmond Town Councillor, Bob White, said: “We had more than usual in our military on parade, which is always wonderful to see.

“We are used to Richmond getting a good turn out of both residents and those taking part. It is a very special occasion, and it makes me very proud.

“The highlight for me is hitting the minute silence right on 11am, and for the last three years we have done. My thanks go to everyone who helped organise, and to St Mary’s Church for completing the service in a timely manner.”