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Stonehouse Remembrance: applause for Ukrainian refugees

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Ukrainian refugees were applauded when they laid a floral wreath at Stonehouse War Memorial today, Remembrance Sunday.

The three women laid a small bunch of sunflowers, the national flower of Ukraine, to an accompaniment of spontaneous applause.

Hundreds of people lined the streets to watch the Remembrance Service at midday which began with a parade from Regent Street to the memorial in the High Street.

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A minute’s silence was observed, and more than 20 wreaths were laid, including one by Stroud MP Siobhan Baillie, The Royal British Legion, County, District and Town Councils as well as those from sports clubs and the schools in the town.

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Stroud MP Siobhan Baillie lays a wreath.

Terry Webb, Chairman of the Stonehouse Branch of the Royal British Legion, has been involved with the event for around 50 years.

“It’s very heart-warming and very moving because my dad, Ronald, was a prisoner of war and a war hero, kept in Stalag IV B in East Prussia until the end of the War, so I do it in his honour.”

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