Veteran and singing star Colin joins Bay in remembering

Remembrance Day parade

Part of the Torquay parade - Credit: Stephen Coombes

Torbay remembered those who gave their lives during conflict in Remembrance Sunday service across the resort. 

War veteran and unlikely singing star Colin Thackery made a moving appearance at one unusual service in Cockington. 

War veteran singing at Remembrance service

Colin Thackeray at Cockington - Credit: Simon Day

With Covid guidelines still very much in mind, crowds gathered on Torquay seafront for the service at the Cenotaph in Princess Gardens. 

Remembrance Day service

Torquay service - Credit: Stephen Coombes

As a further mark of commemoration, the festoon lighting along Torquay and Paignton seafront displayed the colours red, white and blue from the Thursday to the Sunday. 

The Brixham service was held at the War Memorial in Berry Head Road.

Remembrance parade

The parade at Brixham - Credit: Julie Bibby

In Paignton a wreath laying service took place at the memorial in the Palace Avenue Gardens. 

Remembrance service

The Paignton Royal British Legion, veterans and dignitaries at the Paignton service - Credit: Submitted

The Drum Inn pub at Cockington staged its fourth Animal Remembrance Day. 

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People were invited to pay their respects and commemorate the millions of animals who died alongside war heroes. 

Britain's Got Talent winner Colin Thackery attended and sang along with local singer Keedie and Cockington's choir The Angels and Mavericks. 

The Purple Poppy Appeal was first launched in 2018 to honour the millions of horses, donkeys and mules who served and died during the war. 

Organisers of the Cockington event had Animal Purple Poppy Fund badges available to buy at the pub for a suggested donation of £2. 

This year £2,420 has been raised for the fund with the overall total standing at over £6,000 


Pony and owner at Remembrance service

Patrick the pony and Kirk Petrakis - Credit: Simon Day

Patrick, the famous pony who only recently moved from Cockington with owners Kirk and Hannah Petrakis, is the Mascot for the fund. 

On the morning of Thursday November 11,  Terry Manning, Mayor of Torbay,  Mandy Darling, Deputy Mayor, council leader Steve Darling, Torbay MP Kevin Foster Gerard Sarsfield, Paignton Branch Chairman of the Royal British Legion, placed wreaths on an early morning GWR ‘Poppies to Paddington’ service.  

The wreaths were transported and placed at the War Memorial on Platform 1, creating a display of Remembrance.