Thousands of people lined the streets of Bicester to mark Remembrance Day this Sunday.

The service of remembrance began outside St Edburg’s Church at 10.45am with an introduction by the Reverend Major Nathan King, followed by readings by the Mayor’s Cadet Jack Tynan and Miranda Markham, Deputy Lieutenant of Oxfordshire.

Organised by the Royal British Legion, Bicester Town Council and with support from 1 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps and HQ Bicester Garrison, this was the first in-person civic event held since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

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At 11am a bugler played The Last Post to signal the start of two minutes’ silence followed by the laying of wreathes by councillors, individuals and representatives of organisations from across the town.

After the service local groups and organisations including the Royal British Legion, locally based soldiers and uniformed groups assembled in Church Street to march down the Causeway to the Market Square where the Deputy Lieutenant Mrs Markham, Bicester’s Mayor Cllr Nicholas Mawer, and Lt Col Helen F Cook, the Commanding Officer of 1 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps, took the salute.

A smaller number of guests moved inside the church for the rest of the service which was led by the Reverend Peter Wright. The service was also broadcast online.

Mayor Councillor Mawer said: “Once again the people of Bicester did us proud by turning out to mark Remembrance Sunday and support those taking part in the parade. It was an honour to take the salute and be involved in what is always a very special civic event for the town.”

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