BRIDLINGTON remembered its war dead in one of the biggest Remembrance Day turnouts ever in the town.
Well over a thousand relatives, friends, ex-servicemen and others gathered at the War Memorial in Prospect Street in a show of public grief on Remembrance Sunday.
Tears were shed and medals glinted in the bright morning sunshine as the crowd, which seems to swell every year, packed the memorial gardens and surrounding streets for two minutes silent tribute at 11am on Sunday.
More than 250 marched in a parade starting from Station Approach down to the memorial for the remembrance service, led by the Rev Jonathan Couper of Christ Church.
Alex Morriss of the Royal British Legion, organiser of this year’s Poppy Appeal, said: “Bridlington never lets us down and it was marvellous to see so many people come out in support of fallen heroes.
“We would like to say a big thank you to all those people, young and old, who turned out.”
The amount raised in this year’s Poppy Appeal is now being counted up and a total should be known in a few weeks.
Bridlington Mayor Coun Michael Charlesworth said: “It gets bigger and bigger each year, and the large crowds really typify what the people of Bridlington think.
“I struggled to get a poppy on Saturday night because they had sold out where I visited. It shows how much people in the town support and the parade and service had a great turnout.”
Coun Richard Harrap said: “It was wonderful to see the people of Bridlington honour the armed forces by turning out in such great numbers.
“It is encouraging to see a lot of young people at the service showing their respect, maybe that is because of the recent conflicts in Afghanistan. Bridlington always remembers.”