As the nation fell silent at 11am this morning, Services of Remembrance were taking place across Test Valley.

Though the traditional parades and public gatherings were scaled back or cancelled, the borough still took the time to reflect on those men and women who gave their lives during wartime.

In Andover, a group of selected dignitaries was invited to the Memorial Garden at St Mary’s Church, where a socially distanced service took place.

Politicians including Kit Malthouse MP, Leader of Test Valley Borough Council Cllr Phil North and Mayor of Andover Richard Rowles laid wreaths at the memorial alongside representatives of the armed forces, emergency services and veterans.

Cllr North said that it was “a very different and socially distanced Remembrance Sunday this year.”

“Alongside our veterans and representatives of the British Army,” he said, “we honoured those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

“A freedom that we’ve probably all appreciated a little more this year, considering the temporary restrictions on our lives. And although in the shadow of Covid, the world seems a dim place right now, the bravery and fortitude of previous generations gives us the ultimate example to get through these tough times together.

“Lest we forget.”

Meanwhile, in Tidworth, MP Danny Kruger, Mayor of Tidworth Mark Connolly and the Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire, Sarah Rose Troughton, gathered at the three-year old memorial to pay their respects.

The event was streamed on the town council’s Facebook Page for members of the public who were unable to attend.

Cllr Connolly said: “What a lovely Act of Remembrance this morning. Well done to all who attended and socially distanced.”

Danny Kruger MP added that he was “honoured to lay a wreath at Tidworth today in grateful memory of our local fallen, and of all the soldiers who went out from the barracks in this town to give their lives for our country.”

Meanwhile, the Advertiser visited a number of other war memorials across North Hampshire to commemorate the fallen, which can be seen in the picture gallery above.

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