Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 9 November 2020
YESTERDAY on Remembrance Sunday (8 November), those in the town of Hinckley paid their respects and tributes to remember their fallen unsung heroes.
Despite the Borough Council announcing a ‘pre-recorded virtual service’ back on 30 October ‘ready for residents to enjoy from the comfort on their own homes on the day’, the limited Remembrance service was held on the Sunday morning inside of Hinckley’s Argents Mead War Memorial garden.
The service was led by Reverend Gary Weston with all necessary safety measures in place, and social distancing rules being adhered to, as well as having a limited number of guests in attendance.
Hinckley and Bosworth’s Mayor, Lynda Hodgkins, Councillor Stuart Bray, representatives of The Royal British Legion and Veterans Groups, Civic Leaders, The Uniformed Organisations, and representatives of Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council attended the event.
The Remembrance service featured readings from Reverend Gary Weston, Mayor Lynda Hodgkins, and ‘Churches Together’ representative, Major Carol Evans.
A rendition of ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ was performed at the memorial before Reverend Weston’s blessings and closing words.
Photographs of the Remembrance Sunday service were taken by local photographer Ted Cottrell – check them out in our image gallery below.
Leicestershire Police’s Commander and Inspector for Hinckley and Blaby, Jamie Osbourne, attended the limited ceremony, where he placed a wreath down in the War Memorial gardens.
Speaking to The Hinckley Free Press, Inspector Osbourne, said: “I was very proud to be able to lay a wreath at the location.
“It is unfortunate that members of the public were unable to be present, but I have my fingers crossed that they can join us next year.”
The Mayor of Hinckley and Bosworth, Councillor Lynda Hodgkins, said: “It is a real pity that this event could not take place in its usual way this year, but it is important we do everything we can to keep infection rates down.
“The Remembrance Sunday service is always a very moving occasion and I was to honoured to take the salute on behalf of the borough.”
Hinckley Police officers paid a visit to war memorials in Leicestershire where they visited Hinckley, Barwell, Earl Shilton, Ratby, Bosworth, Desford and Newbold Verdon to place memorial wreaths.
As residents are currently in a national lockdown until 2 December, they paid their respects from home by taking part in a two minute silence from their doorsteps at 11am.
Hinckley and Bosworth’s Liberal Democrat Councillor, Michael Mullaney, mentioned in a Tweet posted to his official Twitter account that it was ‘good to see a number of residents’ doing so.
Mullaney said: “Good to see a number of other people standing on their doorsteps here in Hinckley at 11am for the two minute silence to remember those who lost their lives in conflict.”
Hinckley and Bosworth’s Member of Parliament, Dr. Luke Evans (CON), said: “While this year there may be silence on this day’s commemoration, what is not lost is the admiration of an entire nation.
“While we may have not physically met, please rest assured we will never forget.”
Hinckley’s iconic Bond Street-based Atkins Building, a former hosiery factory, which is now used as a mixed-use facility and exhibition room, have paid their respects by turning their interior lights red out of respect to the fallen.
Hinckley and District Past and Present’s team of local historians, Paul Gardner and Greg Drozdz, marked the occasion a night prior on Saturday night by holding a Remembrance Sunday special livestream on their members only Facebook group for both young and old viewers to enjoy.
The livestream featured photographs and videos of those who served and sadly lost their lives fighting for the country. The video is available to watch on the official Hinckley District Past and Present YouTube channel.