ROUND-UP OF REMEMBRANCE PARADES ACROSS THE AREA
This weekend marks 100 years since the end of the Great War, and Remembrance parades across the country will be more poignant than ever. Here’s our guide to the parades in the area:
The parade will assemble at the town hall in King Edward Place at 9am and the march sets off at 9.15am. The Melton Mowbray Toy Soldiers band will lead to St Modwen’s Church in the Market Place for a service at 10am.
At 10.30am the parade will reform and make its way to the war memorial in Memorial Gardens. Be there by 10.50am at the latest.
The Liquid Brass and Nimrod will play the Last Post and Sunset during the ceremony. The parade will reform and march past the dais in High Street, near the entrance to Coopers Square, where Lieutenant Colonel Gary Sellers and deputy Lieutenant Admiral Sir Trevor Soar will be on hand.
It will then head to the Town Hall for the presentation of awards to cadets and a raffle and buffet for the Poppy Appeal.
The service will start at 9.15am at the Hill Street Baptist Church in Swadlincote before The Royal British Legion, 1211 (Swadlincote and District) Squadron ATC and other uniformed groups and guests parade to the Eureka Park Memorial Gates at 10.15am.
There will be a short Service of Remembrance at 10.50am, with the Last Post being sounded and a twominutes’ silence at 11am.
National Memorial Arboretum
The Arboretum in Alrewas will be holding a service at the base of the Armed Forces Memorial at 10.40am.
Visitors will not need to pre-register their attendance and seating will be available for those who require it.
The Armed Forces Memorial will remain closed to the public from 8am until the end of the service. They are welcome to lay wreaths and tributes following the service.
Free service sheets will be available, though donations are appreciated. Commemorative Armistice 100 programmes can be purchased for £5 each.
Wreaths can be ordered from the Arboretum in advance, from £18 each.
Serving military personnel, veterans groups, uniformed youth organisations, such as cadets and Scouts, and individuals are invited to participate in the Armistice Day parade at 12.30pm.
The service has been organised as a joint project by Newhall’s St John’s Church, members of South Derbyshire District Council and the Friends of Newhall Park group, at 10.30am at Newhall Park.
The village will hold its service at 10am ready for the 11am silence. Traffic will be stopped in the village during the event as it always does every year since the war memorial was erected in Church Road 1919. St Mary’s Church, also in Church Road, has also created a ‘poppy cascade’ down the side of the church tower, together with a cascade of poppies in church.
Anslow will have an exhibition on the WWI men and horses from the village, in Holy Trinity Church on Saturday and Sunday, from 10am-noon. It has been created by children from Mosley School, Anslow WI, Little Monsters nursery and others. The Remembrance service will start at 10am.
People will gather at St Wystan’s Church at 10.45am for the Remembrance service. The parade will form outside the Royal British Legion Club at 10.30am and process to the church.
Afterwards wreaths will be laid at the war memorial. The parade will then go back to the Legion Club in the village.
Hanbury and Draycott
A vigil to commemorate the centenary since the Armistice will be held at St Werburgh’s Church, Hanbury, between 9am and the end of the day on Sunday, November 11.
The Remembrance service will take place at 10.45am, when there will be First World War poems, psalms, stories and letters together with music.
More information is available from Jayne on 01283 734056 or Les and Wendy on 01283 810615.
Tea and coffee will be available throughout the day.
In Sudbury, a display of around 300 poppies has been created. It cascades down from the doorway and onto the steps of the old village post office.
The poppies would be taken from the old post office to be displayed at All Saints’ Church, in Church Street, Sudbury, for the Remembrance Day service on Sunday, November 11.
The Remembrance service will start at 10.45am at St Peter’s Church, which will be followed by a service at the war memorial, by the village hall, which will include the Scouts and Beavers.
In the evening there will be entertainment in the village hall from 6.45pm with a singing group performing songs from the early 1900s, a meal of bully beef and carrots and reading of wartime poems.
At 7.05pm there will be a special ringing of the church bells for peace.