THOUSANDS of people paid their respects to fallen soldiers on Remembrance Sunday.
Services and parades took place in South Kirkby, Hemsworth and South Elmsall to mark the sacrifices of the armed forces in the First World War and conflicts since.
Chairman of the South Elmsall Royal British Legion branch Pete Oxby said: “The streets were absolutely packed, there were more people than ever before, around 1,500 came along. I have never seen the parade so long.”
Veterans, town councillors, Girl Guides, Brownie Guides, Air, Sea and Army Cadets, and people serving in the forces all marched with the Carlton Main and Frickley Colliery bands leading the way to St Mary’s Church, Doncaster Road, for the service.
Mr Oxby said: “It was tremendous, I was proud to be the chairman of the branch.”
Hundreds of Hemsworth residents also turned out to pay tribute to those who gave their lives defending the country.
There was a parade from the community centre to St Helen’s Church for the service before marching back to the centre for the salute at the Remembrance Garden.
Chairman of the Hemsworth branch Jean Price said: “It was brilliant. It was a great turnout, the church was full and we had lots of people waiting for us on the way back.
“We had a great turnout from lots of people and it was a fitting tribute.”
South Kirkby’s branch secretary Derek James also said it was the best turnout he had seen in years.
He said: “It was fantastic, there were at least 100 people there. It was great for so many came together to show their respects.”
Children from the sea cadets and St John’s Ambulance joined in and Crofton Silver band played at the parade.
Pupils at Moorthorpe Primary School also held a special assembly to mark the date, on Friday.
Youngsters read poems they had written inspired by poetry from soldiers in the First World War.
Nine-year-old Jack Naylor read a letter from King George V addressed to one of his older relatives thanking him for fighting for his country.
Deputy headteacher Pauline Pollard said: “It was a very moving experience for everyone.”
South Kirkby’s branch, on Mill Lane, is holding a concert on November 30. There will be bingo, raffle, buffet and music.
For more information contact Derek James on 01977 649692.