As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, on Sunday 8 December, Michael, accompanied by his family, attended the Remembrance Service on Remembrance Sunday at All Saints Church in Darfield. The service commemorated those who have fallen serving their country with honour and distinction. Following the service, conducted by the Rector of All Saints Church, the Reverend David Hildred and Methodist Minister, the Reverend Mick Neal, Michael joined local residents in with observing a two minutes silence and laid a wreath at the village memorial on Church Street. Joining Michael at the service were Councillor Pauline Markham, who laid a wreath on behalf of Barnsley Council and her Darfield ward colleague Councillor Caroline Saunders. Other wreaths were laid by local community groups and the Last Post at the memorial service was played by bugler Taylor Yoxall.
Following this event, Michael, as member of the Hoyland and District Branch of the Royal British Legion, attended the Royal British Legion function at the Hoyland Centre. Here he met Parade Marshall Robert 'Bob' Hill and Lee Pilling from Go Traffic Management, whose volunteer team of street marshals enabled the Hoyland Remembrance Sunday parade to take place. Michael was joined at the event by the Deputy Leader of Barnsley Council, Councillor Jim Andrews BEM with Hoyland Milton ward Councillors Robin Franklin, Mick Stowe and Tim Shepherd. Rockingham ward Councillors Chris Lamb and Emma Dures had earlier attended the Memorial Parade at the Hoyland War Memorial.
Commenting Michael said:
"Remembrance Sunday gives each of us the opportunity to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. People in Darfield and across Barnsley will never forget all those who served and lost their lives so that we can enjoy our freedom. It's as important today as ever it was before."