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Sheppey remembers

Islanders came together to honour Britain's war dead.

On Sunday, as services took place in Sheerness, Minster, Eastchurch, Leysdown, Harty and Queenborough, hundreds of people lined the streets to pay their respects.

Swale mayor Cllr Steve Worrall represented the borough at the Service of Remembrance and wreath-laying at the cenotaph and Holy Trinity Church in Sheerness.

Sheppey St John Ambulance Band led members of organisations including The Royal British Legion, Sheppey Air Cadets, Sheppey Sea Cadets, Scouts and Beavers in a parade.

Other groups, including Kent Fire and Rescue Service, Kent Police, the RNLI and the Isle of Sheppey Academy were also represented and MP Gordon Henderson was there.

Dozens of wreaths were laid, including a town wreath, which was laid by the widow of Brian Lyons and his family.

Matthew Holkham adds soil to the tree site.
Matthew Holkham adds soil to the tree site.

Mr Lyons, who died earlier this year, came up with the idea for a town wreath,
On Saturday in Eastchurch, a tree was planted in memory of 19-year-old Rifleman Daniel Holkham, who died while serving in Afghanistan in March.

His parents Rodney and Tracy and brothers Matthew and Andrew were among those who attended.

After the morning service at All Saints Church in Eastchurch on Sunday, Rfn Holkham's family attended an Act of Remembrance at the Lychgate in Warden Bay Cemetery at 2pm.

Sub Lt (SCC) Steve Louch RNR, who organised the Sheerness parade, thanked all those who attended despite the rain.

Services were also held at the war grave in Harty, Minster Abbey and Holy Trinity Church, Queenborough.

Dozens of people also gathered in the wind and rain on Armistice Day.

As the bugler sounded Last Post, the gathered crowd, including members of the Royal British Legion, observed a two-minute silence.

Cllr Worrall then laid a wreath at the Cross of Sacrifice in the cemetery, before the Mayor of Queenborough, Jeff Andrews, and others laid wreaths.

The service was taken by the Rev Sue Martin of Minster Abbey.

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