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VE Day service held at the foot of the Nicholson War Memorial in Leek

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: May 14, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • Leek Town Mayor John Fisher (on the right) with members of the Royal British Legion and others at the service.

  • Royal British Legion member Geoff robinson leads the Remembrance service at the foot of the Nicholson War Memorial.

  • People gather in the rain for the outdoor VE Day Remembrance Service.

  • Two Union Flags fly from the Nicholson War Memorial.

  • The VE Day service at the foot of the Nicholson War Memorial.

  • The VE Day service at the foot of the Nicholson War Memorial.

  • The four standards are lowered as part of the ceremony.

  • Bugler Bill Vaughan, right, plays the Last Post. To the left is Geoff Robinson.

  • Leek Town Mayor John Fisher lays a wreath in memory of the fallen.

  • Members of the Royal British Legion lay wreaths at the foot of the Nicholson War Memorial.

  • A final salute from Royal British Legion member Geoff Robinson to end the VE Day service.

  • The three wreaths which were laid in memory of the 101 fallen from Leek who never came home from the Second World War.

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A remembrance service has been held in Leek to commemorate the 69th Anniversary of VE Day.

Members of the Leek Royal British Legion held a short ceremony at the foot of the Nicholson War Memorial in Derby Street at 11am on Thursday, May 8.

VE Day was the day in 1945 when peace finally came to Europe.

Two Union Flags were put up on the memorial, and three wreaths were laid in memory of the 101 fallen from the Staffordshire Moorlands town who never came home from the Second World War.

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Around 30 people stood in the rain for the service, which included the attendance of four standards.

Among those attending included Leek Town Mayor John Fisher, accompanied by his wife Pat.

Councillor Fisher said: "I think the Royal British Legion are wonderful in the sense that they hold remembrance events like this. It is important to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure we had a considerable time of peace in Europe."

Royal British Legion member Geoff Robinson, who led the short service, added: "I am very happy with the attendance today as I didn't expect so many with the wet weather.

"It is so important to keep these ceremonies going."

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