War Me­mo­rial ser­vice to pay trib­ute to fallen

Warwickshire Telegraph - - NEWS - By JOHN CARLON

THIS Sun­day’s Re­mem­brance com­mem­o­ra­tions will be par­tic­u­larly spe­cial as it marks 100 years since the guns fell silent in the Great War.

Armistice Day and Re­mem­brance Sun­day fall to­gether this year, on Novem­ber 11 when com­mem­o­ra­tions will be held at war memo­ri­als through­out Coven­try and War­wick­shire.

Ahead of the me­mo­rial events, Coven­try’s Lord Mayor John Blun­dell said: “2018 is an espe­cially im­por­tant year when it comes to re­mem­ber­ing the fallen, as it marks 100 years since the end of the First World War.

“I in­vite mem­bers of the pub­lic to come along to pay their re­spects and re­mem­ber all those who have lost their lives in wars and armed con­flicts.”


The Ceno­taph in War Me­mo­rial Park will be the fo­cus for re­mem­brance events in the city.

The park was opened in 1921 to hon­our the fallen of the Great War, and this year the pub­lic are again in­vited to take part in Re­mem­brance.

The ser­vice starts at 10.50am, fea­tur­ing a parade, hymns, read­ings and lay­ing wreaths to pay re­spects, with the ser­vice be­ing led by The Right Rev­erend Dr Christo­pher Cocksworth, the Lord Bishop of Coven­try.

The parade, be­ing led by the Coven­try Corps of Drum, will leave Spencer Road at 10.30am.

Mu­sic will also be played by City of Coven­try Brass Band dur­ing the ser­vice.

St John the Bap­tist Church:

The church on Fleet Street is open ev­ery­day through Novem­ber to say prayers for peace.

It will be a chance to see a copy of the Black Prince prayer, the Sta­tions of the Cross (com­mis­sioned from a firm in Bavaria after WWII) and the War Me­mo­rial Win­dow.

There will be a flower Peace Trail, a Dead­man’s penny in flow­ers, ex­hi­bi­tions and a poppy sculp­ture sus­pended from the pul­pit, which an eight foot struc­ture full of pop­pies ded­i­cated to the men of the War Win­dow.

On Satur­day Novem­ber 10 and Sun­day Novem­ber 11 St John the Bap­tist opens til 4pm for World War I Me­mo­rial Day on Satur­day and Re­mem­brance Day on the Sun­day.

Both days have recitals, dra­matic read­ings, prayers, mu­sic on the re­stored Bech­stein pi­ano and an ex­hi­bi­tion.

Fa­ther Dex­ter Bracey will be con­duct­ing a spe­cial ser­vice on the Satur­day which will in­clude a roll call of the men listed in thewin­dow at 1pm with po­etry read­ings be­fore and after.

The Sun­day Novem­ber 11, the Re­mem­brance Day Ser­vice starts at 10am, and is sched­uled to end at 11am to the strains of the Last Post.

There will be an­other ser­vice at 6pm.

Fr Bracey said: “It is im­por­tant to re­mem­ber all those who paid the ul­ti­mate price of the First World War, and to hon­our them, par­tic­u­larly those from this city and our par­ish which in­cludes some of the city cen­tre, Spon St, Spon End and the Al­bany Road end of Earls­don.”


St Ni­cholas Church will hold a fam­ily praise re­mem­brance ser­vice at 10am, then gather at the War Me­mo­rial on Abbey Hill, Ke­nil­worth, on Sun­day at 10.45am.

A number of wreaths will be laid by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of or­gan­i­sa­tions in the town, led by the Mayor and MP.

St Ni­co­las will also host a vigil for peace at 4pm on Sun­day.

On Satur­day evening there will be a spe­cial screen­ing of ‘Jour­ney’s End,’ a play set in a dugout in Aisne in 1918 chart­ing the story of a group of Bri­tish sol­diers.

A poppy drop will take place in the skies over Bed­worth to mark Re­mem­brance Sun­day for the first time ever. Tra­di­tion­ally there is a poppy drop on Armistice Day, or­gan­ised by the Bed­worth Armistice Day Com­mit­tee (BADC).

But when the 11th falls on a Sun­day the BADC de­fers to the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion, who or­gan­ise the Re­mem­brance Sun­day pa­rades.

How­ever, as this year marks the cen­te­nary of the end World War One, the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion and BADC have joined forces and the BADC will or­gan­ise the poppy drop this Sun­day.

The parade will form up at the Ex Ser­vice­men’s Club in Rye Piece at 10.35am, ready to march off.

It will then leave the club, head onto Rye Piece to­wards the Coven­try Road Ceme­tery.

The ser­vice will take place with hymn, Ded­i­ca­tion for Book of Re­mem­brance and prayers.


At 10.59am the Last Post will be played, fol­lowed by two minute si­lence and then the reveille, wreath lay­ing, poem and hymn.

The parade will then form up and march to All Saints Church for a short ser­vice, then marches down High Street, wheels right into King Street,

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