Leek residents pay tribute

Leek Town Council, in association with the Leek branch of The Royal British Legion, helped support two important events for Remembrance Sunday. In the morning there was a short parade from Silk St to St Edwards Church for a morning service. The parade then led from the Church to The Nicholson War Memorial where a religious service was led by Rev. Nigel Irons from St Edwards.

A large crowd was in attendance, filling Sparrow Park, and the adjacent streets. The town welcomed its many community groups, as well as families, both young and old.

After a formal wreath laying ceremony the parade marched along Derby St, before finishing in The Market Place. Many individuals, as well as community groups, continued to lay wreaths and plant crosses.

Unfortunately Leek Town Mayor, Cllr Lyn Swindlehurst was unable to attend, due to suffering from Covid, but Deputy Mayor, Cllr Bill Cawley, laid a wreath on behalf of the town.

In the afternoon, respects were paid at the Ball Haye Green memorial. Gathering at The Priory, a parade made its way along Novi Lane, before gathering in front of the memorial. The last post was played, followed by a religious service. The parade then marched back along the route.

The Town Council would like to gratefully acknowledge the financial support given by Leek United Building Society and SMDC towards the event costs.

From one of the many tributes.

“As we stand here proud and free. 

We honour those who gave their lives for democracy.”