The 2011 Remembrance Day parade and service took
place on Sunday, 13th November 2011. The parade from the Ash Centre
to the Ash War Memorial was led by lone piper, Euan McDermott. The
Union Flag was carried by representatives from St John Ambulance.
The local dignitaries were led by The Right Honourable
Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Education, Chairman of Ash
Parish Council, Councillor Nigel Manning, Clerk of the Council,
Carole Olive and other members of Ash Parish Council. They were
joined in the parade, by members of other uniformed organisations,
and members of the University of the 3rd Age (U3A).
The Service of Remembrance was conducted by Father
David Buckley, Reverend Keith Bristow and Reverend Neil Lambert.
Councillor Nigel Manning led the wreath laying
ceremony. Followed by Michael Gove and then the represenatives from
the local uniformed organisations and members of U3A.
The North East Hampshire Area School Band provided
the accompanying music, with buglers sounding the evocative Last
Post and Reveille. Tim Edwards of the St. John Ambulance Brigade
again efficiently marshalled the Parade.
Following the service, the parade returned to the
Ash Centre where the salute was taken by Councillor Nigel Manning
and Michael Gove as the various contingents marched past.
Before final dispersal, Councillor Manning thanked
all the individuals, groups and organizations that had contributed
towards and attended the event.
Tea and coffee were then served in the Ash Centre
by members of Churches Together.