THERE was a poignant moment as the village of Studley remembered the fallen in its Remembrance Sunday parade and service.
For as long as anyone could remember old soldier Albert Summers of New Road had joined the parade as it passed outside his home in New Road to march on to the War Memorial on Alcester Road to lay a wreath.
Tragically he died last month, just short of his 90th birthday, but Albert’s proud tradition lives on after his eldest son Brian, wearing his dad’s medals, took his place outside the house to await the parade as his other son, Colin, a parish councillor, marched passed in the procession.
“Albert was one of our oldest members and we really miss him so it was incredibly poignant to see Brian take his place,” said Dave Pegg, formerly of the Army Air Corps, who organised and led the parade.
“It was the first time I’d done either, and to be honest I had some sleepless nights, but it was a tremendous event, more than 400 people turned out, it was huge for our village, as we turned in to Toms Town Lane I looked back and couldn’t see the end of the parade, it brought a lump to my throat,” he said.