It doesn't seem like twelve months since we were last posting pictures of Whitwell's wonderful remembrance service, but alas it is.
I know we say the same each year, but it really is fantastic to see how many people turn out to pay their respects to those who gave their lives for our freedom.
In case you couldn't make it, then we have the pleasure of sharing our photos (although we apologise as they're not up to standard of previous years).
Due to the wonderful weather we're having at the moment the 2012 Gala moved to the Community Centre in a slightly slimmed down form, but that didn't dampen spirits (unlike the occasional shower). To us the new venue created amuch better atmosphere in the closer confines of the Community Centre and grounds.
For the younger visitors the highlight was Savage Skills (as featured on ITV's Lets Get Gold) and their freestyle mountain bike stunt displays throughout the day.
The 40th year of the Whitwell Well Dressing saw an impressive display of 3 scenes, one created entirely by the members of the Scouts and Guides without any adult help.
The rain (mostly) held off, the sun shone (on and off), the band played, people sang, drank tea and ate scones whilst being entertained by Casper and the Fleas – Whitwell’s very own ‘Uke’ rock band.
Hopefully the Scouts and Guides have raised themselves some well earned funds in the process.
Once again Whitwell young and old alike came out in numbers to remember those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. Approximately 250 paid their respects at the service of remembrance held at the war memorial in The Square despite the grey and damp conditions.
We apologise for the quality of some of the photos – it seems that lenses don’t like being dropped in the woods, even on to soft piles of leaves