Leaders paying homage

IT was 20 years ago when three former Prime Ministers eased their way onto the Whitehall platform for the Remembrance Day march-past and the laying of wreaths at the Cenotaph.

It was a dull day, very overcast, and it reminded me of old black and white footage of the same ceremony many years ago, almost timeless as Margaret Thatcher, Edward Heath and John Major took up their positions weaving between the ranks and especially the Royal Navy.

There is a certain eerie silence from the huge crowd, including politicians, royalty and dignitaries from all over the world.

The sergeant major’s booming voice echoes around the granite stonework as he barks out the orders to the marching soldiers.

And then the masses of veteran military personnel begin the march past swinging eyes left and right as they slowly march past the Cenotaph handing over their wreaths to awaiting stewards.

Woodmead Halls

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