VIDEO: County honours our war dead

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Thousands of people across the county honoured our war dead at Remembrance Day services.

Wreaths were laid and the two-minute silence was observed at war memorials across Northamptonshire on Sunday (November 10) to commemorate those who served in two world wars and conflicts in more recent times.

The Remembrance Day service and wreath-laying ceremony at Rushden

The Remembrance Day service and wreath-laying ceremony at Rushden

Hundreds of people attended the Remembrance Day service at Corby at the war memorial in the Old Village.

Following a parade along Oakley Road, dozens of organisations and individuals laid wreaths, including the Corby and District Branch of the Royal British Legion, Corby mayor Judy Caine and the town’s MP Andy Sawford.

Kerry Ashworth, of Corby, whose son Lance Corporal James Ashworth was killed in action in Afghanistan in June 2012, aged 23, laid a wreath on behalf of the Queen’s Company Grenadier Guards.

Lance Corporal Ashworth was awarded the Victoria Cross, Britain’s highest military honour for bravery.

Others represented at the Remembrance Day service were the Royal Air Force Association and the Royal Naval Association, the Royal Green Jackets, veterans of conflicts in the Gulf, the Falklands and Northern Ireland and the Parachute Regiment.

Corby organisations including Lloyds Road Ex-servicemen’s Club, the Grampian Club, the Silver Band Club, the Viking Club, 2000 Club, Oakley Vale Community Centre, the Old Village Community Association and the Highland Gathering Committee also laid wreaths.

The young were represented too, with the Army Cadet and Air Training Cadet forces, Guides, Scouts and Brownies taking part.

Representatives of political parties and the police, fire service and St John Ambulance also laid wreaths.

Wreaths were also laid by representatives of the Loyal Orange Lodge.

Following the two-minute silence a service was held in St John the Baptist Church.

Remembrance Day services were also held at Wellingborough, Rushden and Kettering, as well as other towns and villages in the north of the county.

On Monday (November 11), Armistice Day, two minutes silence will be observed at 11am.

Corby Council is inviting people to join the mayor and representatives of the Royal British Legion to remember those who have given their lives for their country at a ceremony outside the Cube in James Ashworth VC Square.

Cllr Caine said: “Remembrance Day is an important moment in the year that we should all take time out to support. By joining the nation in the two-minute silence we are showing respect and gratitude to the many who have given the ultimate sacrifice and fallen during service.

“It is a chance to show the brave men and women who have fought for their country, their families and their comrades, that their valiant contributions will never be forgotten.”