HUNDREDS of people paid their respects to heroes past and present on Sunday at a Remembrance Service in Newport Pagnell.
The parade started close to the town doctor’s surgery before heading up the High Street to St Peter and St Paul’s Church. On the way the Lord Lietenant of Buckinghamshire, Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, was on hand to give the salute.
He was flanked by Mayor of Newport Pagnell, Councillor Wendy Egan, and Deputy Mayor of Milton Keynes, Councillor Brian White.
Mr White said: “It was an amazing turnout, one of the best I have ever seen. The whole atmosphere was incredible. When you hear all of the names being read out from such a small area it brings it home the sacrifice they made.”
One man who made that sacrifice was 89-year-old Bernie Lynham, who has not missed a Remembrance Day parade since they started in Newport Pagnell.
Bernie, a paratrooper with the Royal Marine Commandoes for five years, was one of five men who were badly injured after being trapped in a German minefield during the D-Day Normandy landings.
They were all taken to different hospitals as their unit, 46 Royal Marine Commando, moved up with the Allied advance.
He said: “We were in France and had only been there a few days when one of our lads was blown up in a mine. As we were moving forward with a stretcher one then blew up my mate.
“I was bending down to pick up the stretcher at the time and if I had been standing up it would have taken my head off.
“It was nice to be involved today. I haven’t missed one since it started. I still keep in touch with some of the lads as they were a wonderful crowd, it’s nice to keep in touch.”
Councillor Douglas McCall, who was parade commander during yesterday’s parade, said: “I thought it all went very well. We featured a big parade that included a number of ex-servicemen and one of the biggest turnouts I have seen, there must have been more than 1,000 there.
“One thing that struck me was the mixture of young and old people involved. To see so many youth organisations leading their standards into the church was very pleasing. The whole day is very humbling.”