Crowds gather in Leek for Remembrance Sunday parade

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Crowds gathered in Leek town centre to mark Remembrance Sunday.

Following a service at the town’s St Edward’s Church, representatives from the armed forces, police, cadets and other groups marched down Stockwell Street to the Nicholson Memorial.

Representatives of the armed forces, councillors and Staffordshire Moorlands MP Karen Bradley and others laid wreaths at the town centre memorial, known as the Monument.

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Crowds gather near the Nicholson Memorial

Among those marching were a delegation from the Italian town of Este, which is twinned with Leek, and the Leek 2nd Scout Group band.

Staffordshire Moorlands Councillor Brian Johnson said the parade and service had a terrific turnout, despite the weather, and he was pleased so many people from Este had had the opportunity to come to the town.

He said: “At the war memorial it was again good to see such a good gathering of local people making up a large congregation.

“And once again terrific to see so many young people there and laying wreaths.

“On a personal point, I was honoured to lay the wreath on behalf of the Staffordshire Moorlands Conservative Association, it is always an personal honour to lay a wreath at the memorial since my uncle Charlie is commemorated on the memorial”.

Among those watching the parade was supermarket worker Rachel Emery.

The 26-year-old said: “I thought it was an emotional hour the service in church was very touching and it gives us gratitude to all the people that serve for the country.

“My daughter was with the Brownies and I think it is lovely that young people and children are involved in something so important to our country.

“It shows respect.”

Other marks of remembrance took place across the Moorlands, including in Cheadle and Biddulph.

See StaffLive’s video of the parade below:

Additional reporting by Emma James

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