A REMEMBRANCE light switch on took place in Cudworth as a mark of respect to those who have lost their lives to war.

Nearly 200 residents gathered at the Star Hotel, on Barnsley Road, to watch the lone soldier and poppy light up, accompanied by standard bearers and a bugler.

The Mayor, Coun Pauline Markham, council leader Sir Steve Houghton, Coun Joe Hayward and Barnsley East Labour candidate Stephanie Peacock were also in attendance on Friday at the event which was organised by landlords Simon and Diane Davies.

A raffle was held at the pub prior to the event to raise funds towards the cost of the lone solider, in addition to donations from across the borough and the UK. Businesses in Cudworth, the Cudworth Ward Alliance and Chris Fox from the Cudworth Businesses and Communities together group also donated money towards the poppy motif. The lights will remain lit for two weeks over the remembrance period.

The Mayor, Coun Pauline Markham, said: “This was a special event to be a part of to remember the brave men and women who have sacrificed their lives serving our country to provide us with the freedom that we can all take advantage of today.

“Their brave actions have left us forever in their debt and we must all therefore never forget.

“This event would not be possible if it wasn’t for the fantastic community spirit along with volunteers who dedicate their own time to bring ideas to life.”

In addition to the lights, money was also raised for Homeless Barnsley Veterans and Help for Heroes. The event raised £511.10

Sir Steve Houghton said: “Thank you to Simon, Diane, and Chris, whose initiative this was to make it happen. I’m proud to live in a village that shows so much respect for our veterans and everything that’s been done.

“Lest we forget all the sacrifices they’ve made and continue to make to keep this country safe. It was a fantastic attendance, it shows how much all this means to the community and long may that continue into the future.”

Simon Davies said: “It was a fantastic night. We were happy that the weather held off and it was a great night for the village.”