Soldiers honoured by children at ceremony

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Children joined adults to honour our soldiers past and present in a ceremony for National Armed Forces Day.

Bugle playing, prayers and the raising of flags marked the occasion in the event organised by Hemsworth Town Council and the Royal British Legion, on Monday.

Children from St Helen’s, Kinsley and Sacred Heart primary schools and Hemsworth Art and Community College also gathered at Hemsworth War Memorial to pay their respects at the ceremony.

Tina Pattison, town council clerk, said: “Its something that’s important to the town council that we’ve done for the last few years. It’s growing with more people coming each year.

“It was very well attended, and what’s nice to see is more and more children from local schools getting involved.”

And the British Legion were also raising awareness for the forces at Nostell Priory in an event that also celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on Saturday.

Soldiers and legion members re-enacted a battle scene and showed children how to build a bridge.