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Maroon rockets echoed across the Belper skies to mark the beginning and end of a two-minute silence on Remembrance Sunday.

The rockets, which were fired by British spotters when German bombers were approaching, were set off as the hour struck 11 on the 11th day of the 11th month from the Coppice Car Park.

Armed Forces representatives, families of next of kin, emergency services, aid organisations and civic guests had gathered at the town’s Memorial Gardens in King Street, where a service was supported by the Heage Band.

A traditional parade then followed down King Street ending at the Central Methodist Church where a full service took place.

Meanwhile, in Kilburn, a brass band and uniform groups from the village took part in a parade setting off from Bown Close and ending up at the memorial in Church Street for the The Act of Remembrance, including the laying of wreaths.

The Belper war memorial lists 226 First World War and 71 Second World War personnel who lost their lives.

Thirty six of the men named died during the Battle of the Somme from Saturday July 1, 1916 to November 18, 1916. Fourteen of the 36 died on the first day – most of them within minutes of leaving the trenches.

 
 
 

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