Victoria observes Remembrance events in Banbury

On Sunday 8 November, Victoria Prentis MP joined veterans and Banbury residents to mark Remembrance Sunday.

Several hundred serving soldiers, veterans and civilians paraded through the streets of the town, watched by a large crowd. The parade was followed by a service at St Mary’s Church, after which over 60 wreaths were laid at Banbury’s war memorial in People’s Park. Victoria placed her wreath in her capacity as the Member of Parliament.

Victoria said, “I was honoured to be a part of a very moving ceremony on Sunday. There was so many people present, showing their respects too. It was great to see the people of Banbury marking this solemn day and remembering, with pride, all those who have served and died so that we can live in freedom.

In coming years, Victoria will be attending Remembrance Sunday commemorations in Bicester and Upper Heyford, as well as Banbury.

On Armistice Day, Victoria observed the national two minute silence at Blessed George Napier Roman Catholic School. Victoria joined staff and pupils at a special whole-school service, during which the students were encouraged to focus on their own experiences of bereavement, in order to help them understand the sacrifices made in war on their behalf.