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Army band heads remembrance event

Regimental Band of The Royal Welsh
The regimental band of The Royal Welsh led the Remembrance Parade

As Wales remembered those that fell during service, the Army's last-surviving all-brass band headed the national Remembrance Sunday parade.

The Regimental Band of The Royal Welsh led the parade by serving and former service personnel in Cardiff.

Remembrance services were held across Wales.

On Tuesday, Cpl Nicholas Webster-Smith from Pembrokeshire died in Afghanistan. He was the 15th Welsh soldier to die in the country since 2002.

The national remembrance service parade in Cardiff was headed by the band's 30 members, most of whom are from south Wales, and are all members of the Territorial Army (TA).

Cpl Nicholas Webster-Smith
Cpl Nicholas Webster-Smith died in Afghanistan on Tuesday

It was joined by the Royal Welsh's Corp of Drums for the national service.

Both played a selection of music from 1040 GMT until the wreath laying shortly before 1100 GMT.

In north Wales, Royal Marines lined up at the graveside of L/Cpl Robert Martin Richards, 24, from near Betws-y-Coed, Conwy, who died in May following a blast in Afghanistan.

His father was at the remembrance service and paid tribute to those who had lost their lives during conflicts since WWI.

"Remembering those who died is more important to me now because I have lost my son.

"But we should always remember - the first and second world wars, the lives that were lost were for our benefit."

A Remembrance Sunday parade and service was also held in Swansea.

Royal Marines lining the graveside of L/Cpl Robert Martin Richards
L/Cpl Robert Martin Richards died following a blast in Afghanistan

Lord Mayor Councillor Alan Lloyd took part in the annual Remembrance Sunday Parade leaving from the Oxford Street Car Park at 1350 GMT to St Mary's Church, where a service began at 1430 GMT.

The car park was closed to allow the procession of approximately 300 people and a band to form up and be dismissed.

The lord mayor will lay a wreath of poppies on behalf of the people of Swansea at the church.

He said: "As the years pass it becomes even more important that these events take place so that we never forget those who gave their lives in the First World War and subsequent conflicts.

"I shall lay Swansea's wreath of poppies with great pride as I remember and honour the men and women who not only served their country in past wars but also those who continue to risk their lives in times of conflict and in peacekeeping roles."



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