The annual Remembrance Parade Service this year was again led by Reverend Gavin Douglas, Rector of St Mary and St Margaret’s Parish Church. Chairman of the Parish Council, Councillor Mark Hayes, read the verses “In Flanders Fields” and led the laying of wreaths. Other wreaths were laid by the Royal British Legion, representatives of the Services, and Youth Cllr Chairman Jessica Browne laid a cross on behalf of all Youth Councillors. Also attending were Caroline Spelman MP, Borough Cllr Ted Richards OBE on behalf of elected Ward Councillors and Sgt Heathcote of West Midlands Police. As in previous years the congregation was then invited to lay wreaths or crosses as their own acts of remembrance.

Cllr John MacDonald, Chairman of the Firs Royal British Legion, spoke the words:

“They shall not grow old,
as we that are left grow old
age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun
and in the morning.
We will remember them”

The bugler then sounded the Last Post before a two minutes silence was observed.


The family and regiment of Rifleman Joe Murphy lay their wreaths of remembrance.

The service concluded with the singing of the National Anthem and a March past with Salute by the Parade which included a strong representation by members of the Army Cadets, Air Training Corps, uniformed youth organisations and other local groups.

On behalf of the Royal British Legion (Firs Branch) and Castle Bromwich Parish Council, thanks are formally given to the established group of dedicated, reliable helpers and volunteers who gave their time so generously on Sunday. Cathy Tibbles, Clerk to the Parish Council, added “The Parish Council particularly appreciates the help of the Safety Marshals, whose commitment was vital to allow the event to take place. The community of Castle Bromwich continues to work together with neighbouring residents to pay tribute to our armed service personnel, past and present.”