Remembrance Sunday was marked with a parade from the British Legion, along the high street and with a service by the memorial at Teddington Memorial Hospital. The service attracted an estimated crowd of 500 which included church members, local ex-servicemen and local pony club, scout/guide groups, St Johns Ambulance and one horse.
The day is observed in Commonwealth countries to remember the members of their armed forces who have died on duty since World War I.
The NPL Sports Club fireworks display took place this year on the 30th October. This popular event takes a huge amount of planning and preparation to run smoothly each year and some of the behind-the-scenes work is detailed here.
Other interesting info included is a snippet of the history of the evening and the club itself that provides cricket bowls cricket, tennis, table tennis, football for its members (membership open to all). The display has been going from strength-to-strength since 1988 where the first budget was just £600 – a tenth the size of what is required now.
Over 1,000 fireworks were prepared by the pyrotechnics team and special attention was needed to keep them in time to music and in themed shapes that included the A-Team and Superman.
To accompany the catering and real ale festival in keeping the crowds happy, The songs and antics of the “Fish ‘n Chippendales Band” have also been documented on camera – they have been part of the evening here for the last 20 years.
Videos by Alan Benns.