More than 5,000 people gathered in Barkers Pool on Remembrance Sunday, in memory of all those who gave their lives and have fought bravely in conflict.
The Right Worshipful Lord mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Tony Downing remarked that it was an honour to lead the procession and thanked all the organisations who supported the service and attending veterans.
The service, which took place at the Cenotaph monument in Barkers’ Pool, honoured the service and sacrifice of Sheffield’s Armed Forces community, British and Commonwealth veterans, the Allies that fought alongside, and the civilian servicemen and women involved in the two World Wars and later conflicts.
Many local organisations gave their time and services to support the event and to make sure veterans were able to attend.
Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Cllr Tony Downing, said: “We are extremely privileged that our armed forces, and all those who serve or have served, make such huge sacrifices to protect our nation.
“I was so proud to stand in Barkers’ Pool with thousands of others, shoulder to shoulder in unity on this extremely important day of Remembrance. It was an absolute honour to lead the procession and to be joined by so many veterans and servicemen and women.
“Remembrance Sunday was a very moving and well attended service, but it wouldn’t have been such a success without the valuable contributions of many local organisations. I would like to personally thank all those who played a very special part on the day, for their dedication, energy and enthusiastic support.”
Music during the event was provided by Sheffield Citadel Salvation Army Band, the City of Sheffield Pipe Band and singer Rebecca Lambert. Able Cadet Joel Thornton, of the Sea Cadets read out a poem. The Royal British Legion, Sheffield Sea Cadets, 212 (Yorkshire) Field Hospital and marching contingencies led the march through the city.
Staff at Sheffield City Council and Sheffield City Hall ensured the smooth running of the event, which saw Revd Sue Stewart, the Lord Mayor’s Chaplin host the speeches. St John’s Ambulance were on site to assist with any emergencies along with South Yorkshire Police and Cadets.
Sheffield Bus Companies and Sheffield Taxis provided free transport to veterans to enable them to attend the service.