War veterans will stand shoulder to shoulder with cadets, residents and local dignitaries to pay tribute to the fallen at Remembrance Sunday parades this weekend.
The Dearne will fall silent in tribute to the war dead after services across the area, including Mexborough, Swinton, Kilnhurst and Wath.
This year’s events are sure to have added poignancy with it being the centenary year marking 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War.
Mexborough man Frank Knapton, 77, a member of the Mexborough, Swinton and Kilnhurst branch of the Royal British Legion, said: “It is important to remember those who have fought and died in battle in conflicts from many years ago and of more recent.”
Mexborough councillor Sue Phillips added: “Our soldiers fought so we can enjoy our freedom and we must always come together to show our appreciation for what they did.”
Those attending the service in Mexborough are asked to gather at the town’s police station car park on Adwick Road at 10.15am. The parade will then march down Doncaster Road for service at the war memorial in Castle Hills Park.
Father David Wise will lead a service and there will be a two minutes’ silence.
A bugle first used in 1914 will be played to mark the occasion.
People are asked to arrive at the memorial to pay their respects and lay wreaths from 10.40am.
A service will be held in Kilnhurst St. Thomas’ Church from 9.30am, followed by a parade into the village centre.
A parade in Wath will set off from the Burlington Club in High Street at 9.30am. Those attending will make their way to Trinity Methodist Church in Church Street, opposite Wath Parish Church, for a service by reverend Susan Hobley at 10am.
The service is followed by a two minutes’ silence at 11am at the war memorial.
Swinton residents are welcome to attend the town’s service at St. Margaret’s Church led by father Chris Barley from 9.30am to 10.30am.
A procession will be led from the church to the nearby memorial for further remembrance.
A gathering will take place in Mexborough High Street, near the outdoor market, at 10.30am on Tuesday, November 11, for a service at 11am. Donations for the Poppy Appeal can be made at each event.
A service is being held in Conisbrough’s St. Peter’s Church on Sunday at 9.30am. A parade will then form at the side of the church in High Street to march to the war memorial at 10.45am for a two minutes’ silence, short service and laying of the wreaths.
People are asked to gather at the memorial in Bolton-on-Dearne Cemetery at 10.30am. The Thurnscoe service takes place in the village park from about 10.45am onwards.
A service will be held at All Saints Church in Denaby Main on Tuesday, November 11, at 10.15am followed by wreath laying at the war memorial at 11am.