How the people of Calderdale renewed the vow to never forget the fallen

Service of Remembrance at Halifax cenotaph. Pictured Michael Langan, daughter Lydia, 9, and Amanda Scothmer-Clay. Michael wearing medals from his time in Basra, Iraq in 2003
Service of Remembrance at Halifax cenotaph. Pictured Michael Langan, daughter Lydia, 9, and Amanda Scothmer-Clay. Michael wearing medals from his time in Basra, Iraq in 2003
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WITH lowered heads, congregations across Calderdale promised: “We will remember them.”

Services, parades and memorials were held in towns and villages to mark Armistice Day, with hundreds turning out.

The main parade in Halifax saw dignitaries parade through the town, making their way to the cenotaph and then the Minster for a special service.

Veterans stood side by side with members of the emergency services, Halifax MP Linda Riordan and councillors.

Vicar of Halifax Hilary Barber led prayers and hymns to hundreds gathered at the cenotaph.

Schools also marked the annual day of remembrance for all those who have died in conflicts across the world.

More than 100 members of Queensbury Scout group paraded through the town.

Pupils across the borough also paid respects. Youngsters at Rastrick Independent School, Triangle Primary School and Hipperholme Grammar School held services. Pupils in Hipperholme welcomed Lieutenant Colonel Crowley, who holds the Military Cross, and WO1 C Goddard, Regimental Sergeant Major, both from the 4th Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment.

Head Dr John Scarth said: “Remembrance Day is all the more relevant to our young people today, given the ever-increasing casualties in Afghanistan which touch so many of our lives, as we have seen this week.”

Head girl Chloe Jackson and head boy Reece Kenny from Bradshaw Primary School, along with deputy head girl Caitlyn Johnson and deputy head boy Luke Crossley laid a wreath.