Michael attended Remembrance Day parade in Grimethorpe on Sunday 9 November, remembering those who have fallen serving their country with honour and distinction.
Accompanied by his family, he joined a march from the ex-Servicemens Club to St Lukes Church, led by the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, to a church service and parade organised by the Royal British Legion.
Following the church service, conducted by the vicar of St Luke’s, Father Ian McCormack, Michael joined in with observing a 2 minutes silence and laid a wreath on the village memorial.
During the parade Michael met Corporal Ricky Henstock, from Grimethorpe, currently serving with 21 Signal Regiment and chatted with veterans from the Royal British Legion. He also met with Councillor Dorothy Higginbottom and his good friend Pat Doyle from the North East Ward Labour Party.
Later Michael also attended the Royal British Legion function at the Hoyland Centre where he met Arctic convoy veteran Ken Burkinshaw, President of Hoyland and District Royal British Legion.
Commenting Michael said: “Remembrance Sunday gives each of us the opportunity to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice – those who lost their lives so that we can enjoy our freedom. It’s as important today as ever it was before.”