Shiregreen’s fallen soldiers have been remembered at a moving Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the community cemetery’s war memorial.
The service was founded in 2012 by local residents Nicolette Williams and Ann Fellows, and supported by Sanctuary Housing and 231st Shiregreen Scout Group, to mark the contributions of Shiregreen’s servicemen and women in the two World Wars and other conflicts.
Nicolette and Ann were joined by hundreds of other residents and Scouts from Shiregreen and Parson Cross to pay their respects.
This is a cause close to both women’s hearts. Nicolette’s son, Senior Aircraftsman Christopher Bridge, was killed while serving in Afghanistan on 30 August 2007, while Ann’s son, Jamie Fellows, was also killed in action on 12 December 2008.
In 2012, Ann and Nicolette worked with Sanctuary, South Yorkshire Police and other local businesses to fund the cemetery’s war memorial, which honours Shiregreen’s soldiers who have been killed in action. The memorial was designed and erected by Sheffield-based stonemason Alexander Hanson.
The Shiregreen Scout Group worked hard with Nicolette and Ann to organise and promote this year’s ceremony using funding from Sanctuary.
Ann and Nicolette commented: “We are extremely grateful to Sanctuary’s donation to the Scouts, which has really helped spread the word about the ceremony and this amazing cause.
“We are honoured that so many local Scout groups took part– it was truly moving to see.”
Danny Levick, group scout leader for Shiregreen Scouts, said: “This was the fourth annual Remembrance Sunday service held in Shiregreen Cemetery. As a Scout Group we are privileged to work alongside Nicolette and Ann to organise this ceremony remembering all those who died fighting for our freedom.”
Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager Sophie Lejeune-Peggie added: “This community-led service allows our local residents to gather together and commemorate the contributions of Shiregreen’s armed forces personnel.”
This event was funded by Sanctuary Group’s community investment fund.
Photo Credit: Kay Hiller