‘We will remember them’…Horley Remembrance Programme 2023
On Sunday 12th November, the annual Remembrance Day Parade and Service in Horley culminated at the tranquil Memorial Gardens in commemoration of all the brave heroes of the armed forces and civilian personnel who died or suffered in the two World Wars or later conflicts.
The Parade was led by the Redhill Corps of Drums & Band, followed by a procession of war veterans, councillors, scouts, army cadets, local schools and other organisations, marching up Victoria Road from the Horley RBL headquarters in Albert Road.
Horley residents and the wider community congregated at the Memorial Gardens and poppy wreaths were reverently placed by representatives of the Royal British Legion, local government, cadets, schools and many other community groups. The Deputy Lieutenant for Surrey, Colonel A P Guthrie TDDL and The Rt Hon Claire Coutinho MP were also in attendance. Local government officials were represented by Cllr Jordan Beech of Surrey County Council along with Reigate & Banstead Borough Council Leader, Cllr Richard Biggs and the Horley Town Mayor, Cllr Martin Saunders who were joined by members from all council tiers.
The Reverend Canon Les Wells presided over the service with an eloquent address to the attentive congregation which was poignantly combined with uplifting hymns along with the National Anthem and prayers for peace in the future.
As part of the Remembrance Programme held earlier in the week, the Garden of Remembrance was rededicated on 8th November by the local Clergy and opened by the Vice-Chairman and Deputy Town Mayor, Cllr Tom Turner, in memory of Horley Branch members who passed away during the year. Additionally, the National Two Minutes’ Silence was observed on Saturday, 11th November in Horley town centre.