Clifton Park hosted an emotional tribute to servicemen and women the morning of 14 November in honour of Remembrance Sunday.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, this was the first in-person Rotherham Remembrance since 2019, with last year’s being marked by a virtual event.

The service included readings, prayers, a parade and a wreath laying at the Cenotaph.

The parade started off the day, beginning at the top of Clifton Park and making its way down to the Cenotaph. It was followed by an emotive order of service led by Reverend Phil Batchford from Rotherham Minster, as well as a two-minute silence.

The Cenotaph was covered in poppy wreaths from different communities and organisations, such as the South Yorkshire Police and the Rotherham Military Community Veterans Centre.

Mayor Cllr Jenny Andrews, along with other community representatives, laid a wreath on behalf of the borough.

In a statement, Ron Moffett MBE, Chairman of the Rotherham Rawmarsh & Parkgate Branch of the Royal British Legion said: “We are pleased to be able to come back together in person this year, and to give the people of Rotherham the opportunity to express their gratitude to our armed forces, past and present”.

Mayor Andrews said about the day: “Remembrance Sunday is always one of the most significant and moving events of the year, as we say thank you to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

“We are grateful for the co-operation and support of the armed forces community in assisting the Council in organising this year’s event”