VIDEO: Thousands remember in Cosby on 100th anniversary of Armistice Day

By Alice Warner

Ten thousand poppies were dropped from a Beechcraft Model 18 aircraft, which was widely used in the Second World War, after a ceremony in Cosby on Remembrance Sunday.

Thousands of people arrived in the Leicestershire village at the St Michael and All Angels Church to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the guns falling silent in 1918 at the end of the First World War.

The vibrant atmosphere 100 years later kept everyone warm as they shared stories of family ancestors from both wars and waited for the poppies to drop over the village.


Natali Pepper said: “My husband, Steve Pepper, organised this as he has a huge respect and passion for World War Two but also World War One and other conflicts.

“He is passionate about ensuring younger generations remember and wants to do his bit to pass on the information.

“He isn’t after recognition, he just thinks we should all remember.

“We run The Victory Show, a World War Two event held annually in Cosby. He was able to arrange this today on the back of what we do and who we know.”

The Victory Show includes battle re-enactments, a school visitors day, air show, evening dinner dance and much more, which is enjoyed by thousands every year.

The morning of events on Sunday reminded people just how lucky they are today, announcing the names of those who were lost during the wars and remembering them during the two minutes’ silence.


The Remembrance display at St Michael and All Angels Church, Cosby

With the band marching towards the centre of the village, hundreds more people turned up to watch the poppies drop from the very special Second World War aircraft.

After the pilot gauged the winds and the weather, the poppies finally dropped and the crowds of people fell silent watching them dance to the ground.

Mrs Pepper said: “Steve and my 19-year-old son also put out the poppies around Cosby village under the cover of darkness, two nights on the bounce.

“Steve purchased the poppies over two years from a friend representing the RBL Poppy Appeal. He has also had a couple of silhouette soldiers made and placed them within the churchyard in Cosby.”



VIDEO: Thousands gather in Leicester to honour nation’s fallen heroes on Remembrance Day

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Thousands of people went to Victoria Park to pay their respects and honour the fallen heroes of the nation with poppy wreaths.

By Sophie Sandberg

Thousands of people attended the annual Remembrance Day service at Victoria Park, Leicester, today (SundayNOV11) to pay their respects to the nation’s fallen servicemen and women and to acknowledge the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

 A parade made up of members of the armed forces, veterans and cadets walked in unison from the De Montfort Hall, along the Centenary Walk to the historic Arch of Remembrance in Victoria Park to honour the fallen heroes of the nation.

The arch had been restored as a part of this year’s Remembrance Day preparations and the walk was lined with poppies, made by schools, and guide and scout associations in Leicestershire to acknowledge the 100thanniversary of the end of The Great War.

The parade was followed by an annual service led by the Bishop of Leicester, the Right Reverend Martyn Snow.

He said: “Today marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One and this is a sign that we are determined to go on remembering those who risked their lives for us and are no longer with us.

“We stand together here today in this remembrance to stand up against all hatreds, prejudices and injustices in the world and to show that peace should rule, not only in our country but in every country.”

Official poppy wreaths were laid by the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Mike Kapur, and the Lord Mayor of Leicester, Councillor Ross Grant, together with representatives from the local emergency services, military units and from various faith organisations.

Sir David Attenborough also laid a wreath, supported by Michael Attenborough and Professor Paul Boyle, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester, at the memorial to mark the 100th anniversary of the first donation made to fund the creation of the university.

Members of the public were invited to lay wreaths inside the Arch of Remembrance at the end of the ceremony.

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The parade was made up of members of the armed forces, veterans and cadets all dressed up for the historic day.