Around the county we re­mem­ber fallen

On Novem­ber 11, the na­tion will pay trib­ute to the men and women who gave their lives in ser­vice of their coun­try. This year, the day holds par­tic­u­lar sig­nif­i­cance, as it marks 100 years to the day since the end of the First World War. Here is a round-up

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The mar­ket will come to a stand­still to­day as shop­pers and traders pay their re­spects.

In at­ten­dance will be Deputy Lord Mayor of Leices­ter An­nette Byrne, while the ser­vice will be con­ducted by the Rev­erend Canon Karen Rooms.

At 11am, a bu­gler will sound The Last Post to mark the be­gin­ning of two min­utes of si­lence.

The Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice in Vic­to­ria Park to­mor­row be­gins with a pa­rade.

Cur­rent and for­mer mem­bers of the forces will march from De Mont­fort Hall to the Arch of Re­mem­brance on a route lined with pop­pies made by chil­dren from schools, Guides and Scout as­so­ci­a­tions.

A ser­vice led by the Bishop of Leices­ter, the Rt Rev Mar­tyn Snow, will com­mence at 10.55am.

Of­fi­cial wreaths will then be laid by the Lord Lieu­tenant of Le­ices­ter­shire, the Lord Mayor of Leices­ter and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from emer­gency ser­vices, mil­i­tary units and faith groups.

Sir David At­ten­bor­ough will also lay a wreath, as will the grand­daugh­ters of two women who orig­i­nally un­veiled the Arch of Re­mem­brance in 1925.

Mau­reen Hill and Janet Irons are the grand­daugh­ters of An­nie Glover and Eliz­a­beth But­ler, who lost seven sons be­tween them in the Great War.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic can lay their own wreaths at the end of the cer­e­mony.

Peo­ple will be able to leave mes­sages on a Wall of Re­mem­brance in Coach Drive, at the rail­ings near De Mont­fort Hall.

Cam­ou­flage net­ting will be put in place, dis­play­ing in­for­ma­tion about lo­cal ser­vice­men lost in the Great War, and visi­tors can add their own mes­sages or name of a loved one to the trib­ute.

Fol­low­ing the ser­vice, mem­bers of the pub­lic can join Pro­fes­sor Paul Boyle, pres­i­dent and vice-chan­cel­lor of the Univer­sity of Leices­ter, for the ded­i­ca­tion of Cen­te­nary Square within the univer­sity grounds.

A spe­cial ser­vice at Leices­ter Cathe­dral will mark the cen­te­nar­ies of the First World War Ar­mistice and the found­ing of Leices­ter’s first univer­sity.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic are in­vited to at­tend the ser­vice, which will in­clude a ser­mon given by Bishop of Lough­bor­ough, the Rt Rev Guli Fran­cis-De­hqani.

Ten per­spex sil­hou­ettes of sol­diers will be dis­played in the nave as part of the There But Not There project, to rep­re­sent peo­ple who never re­turned.

The ser­vice starts at 4pm.


A week of events will cul­mi­nate to­mor­row in The Price of Peace, a son et lu­mière pre­sen­ta­tion com­mem­o­rat­ing the lives of the young men of Knighton who did not re­turn.

This week, five schools have vis­ited St Mary Mag­dalen Church for craft work­shops, study­ing the lives of ser­vice­men, ex­plor­ing arte­facts from the past, plant­ing poppy seeds and other com­mem­o­ra­tive ac­tiv­i­ties.


To­mor­row, a pa­rade will leave Blaby Civic Cen­tre at 10.40am for the Lut­ter­worth Road War Me­mo­rial, where a ser­vice will be held from 10.45am.

The ser­vice will in­clude the twominute si­lence and the lay­ing of the wreaths and crosses to re­mem­ber those who lost their lives.

There will also be a ser­vice of re­mem­brance at the war me­mo­rial on North­field Park, at 11am to­day.

Pa­rades will mean some road clo­sures to­mor­row be­tween about 10am and 11.15am in Cosby, Croft, En­derby, Lit­tlethorpe, Stoney Stan­ton and Whet­stone.


There will be pa­rades and re­mem­brance cer­e­monies to­mor­row in An­stey, Birstall, East Goscote, Lough­bor­ough, Mountsor­rel, Roth­ley, Shep­shed, Sys­ton, Thur­mas­ton and Wymeswold.

In Lough­bor­ough to­mor­row, the an­nual Re­mem­brance Day pa­rade will in­clude a two-minute si­lence at 11am at the Car­il­lon tower.

The pa­rade will then head to the Mar­ket Place for the salute and un­veil­ing of a Charn­wood Her­itage Plaque.

A show­case in the Mar­ket Place will fea­ture per­for­mances by schools, Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity, the­atre groups, singers and sto­ry­tellers.

There will be a tea dance at Lough­bor­ough Town Hall, with a bea­con lit in Queen’s Park at 7pm and a recital at the Car­il­lon just af­ter 7pm.

As part of the Quorn com­mem­o­ra­tion events, New Quorn­don Shake­speare Com­pany will be recre­at­ing a field hos­pi­tal in France and pay­ing trib­ute to girls who signed up to nurse, as well as the doc­tors, or­der­lies and the sol­diers them­selves.

Tea and bis­cuits will be on of­fer and Queen Mary will pay a visit.

A vin­tage shut­tle bus will be op­er­ated by Great Cen­tral Rail­way and one of the stops will be out­side the vil­lage hall.

The event takes place from 10am to 4pm to­day, at Quorn Vil­lage Hall


Com­mem­o­ra­tive events take place to­mor­row in Broughton Ast­ley, Great Glen, Houghton on the Hill, Kib­worth, Lut­ter­worth and Mar­ket Har­bor­ough.

Hinck­ley and Bos­worth

Events in Hinck­ley will start with the an­nual Re­mem­brance Sun­day ser­vice and pa­rade, at 11am at the war me­mo­rial.

There will be a pa­rade from the hos­pi­tal car park in Mount Road to the war me­mo­rial be­fore the ser­vice.

The evening events will start at 6.30pm at the Lest we For­get il­lu­mi­nated sign lo­cated on the cor­ner of Sta­tion Road.

Peo­ple will then be asked to make their way to Ar­gents Mead for the Last Post at 6.55pm, fol­lowed by the light­ing of a bea­con at 7pm.

St Mary’s Church bells will then ring out at 7.05pm and the evening’s events will come to a con­clu­sion at 7.10pm when Joe David, Hinck­ley’s Town Crier, will de­liver a spe­cially writ­ten piece en­ti­tled Cry for peace around the world.

Other events are as fol­lows: Bar­well – Ar­mistice Day Me­mo­rial, Bar­well War Me­mo­rial, 10am to noon.

Botche­ston – Fol­low­ing the ser­vice at the war me­mo­rial in Des­ford, there will be a ser­vice at Botche­ston War Me­mo­rial at 12.30pm.

Burbage – Pa­rade from Grove Road to Church Street War Me­mo­rial at 10am.

Un­veil­ing of names of First World War ser­vice­men re­cently added to the war me­mo­rial, fol­lowed by ser­vice at the war me­mo­rial at 10.20am and twominute si­lence at 11am.

Quar­ter peal of bells be­gins at St Cather­ine’s Church from 11.05am. There will be an ex­hi­bi­tion, Burbage Fallen at Mil­len­nium Hall, from 1.30pm to 4.30pm.

At 2pm and 3.10pm there will be a Con­cert for Re­mem­brance by Har­monic Voices at Mil­len­nium Hall. At 7pm, the light­ing of com­mem­o­ra­tive bea­con on Sketch­ley Hill Farm re­cre­ation ground.

A Tommy sil­hou­ette will be un­veiled at the junc­tion of Leices­ter Road and Sacheverell Way, Groby, at 11am to­day.

Des­ford – Ser­vice at the war me­mo­rial from 10.30am to 11.30am.

Earl Shilton – Pa­rade at 11am and the light­ing of the bea­con at Queen Eliz­a­beth II Hall­fields Park from 6.30pm.

Mar­ket Bos­worth – Re­mem­brance Ser­vice at war me­mo­rial, 11am.

Stoke Gold­ing – Ser­vice at St Mar­garet’s Church fol­lowed by the lay­ing of wreaths at Hinck­ley Road Ceme­tery.

The 1st Stoke Gold­ing Scout Group will be host­ing a Peace Tea at Stoke Gold­ing Vil­lage Hall from 11.30am.

Stan­ton un­der Bar­don – ser­vice will take place at the war me­mo­rial.

Wither­ley – parish coun­cil will be light­ing a bea­con.


Pa­rades and ser­vices take place in Mel­ton, with road clo­sures be­tween 10am and noon.

North West Le­ices­ter­shire

There will be pa­rades and com­mem­o­ra­tion events in Ashby, Bree­don, Cas­tle Donington, Coalville, Ib­stock, Keg­worth and Long What­ton.

In Coalville to­mor­row, the pa­rade leaves Christ Church at 10.35am for the War Me­mo­rial in Me­mo­rial Square.

Af­ter the cer­e­mony, the salute will be taken by Deputy Lieu­tenant Ma­jor Bream out­side the coun­cil of­fices, along­side the Chair­man of North West Le­ices­ter­shire District Coun­cil, Coun­cil­lor John Clarke. Dur­ing the two-minute si­lence, poppy petals will be re­leased from the top of the Me­mo­rial Clock Tower.

A fur­ther pa­rade will leave Her­mitage leisure cen­tre at 2.15pm, fol­lowed by a ser­vice at St John the Bap­tist Church, Whitwick, at 2.30pm.

Oadby and Wigston

Com­mu­nity groups, faith cen­tres and res­i­dents have cre­ated 83 dec­o­rated sil­hou­ettes to rep­re­sent the Oadby men who died.

The sil­hou­ettes will be dis­played at St Pe­ter’s Cen­tre to­day, be­tween 10.30am and 3.30pm, and af­ter the Ser­vice of Re­mem­brance and wreath lay­ing at the Oadby War Me­mo­rial to­mor­row, from 11.30am to 4.30pm.

In Oadby, the St Pe­ter’s Church pa­rade starts at 9.45am to­mor­row, with a church ser­vice at 10am and wreath lay­ing at 11am.

In Wigston, the All Saints Church Pa­rade starts at 10.30am with the ser­vice at 10.45am and wreath lay­ing and pa­rade back to Bell Street.

South Wigston’s St Thomas the Apos­tle Church ser­vice starts at 9.45am with wreath lay­ing at 11.30am.

A bea­con will be lit at Brocks Hill Coun­try Park, Oadby, at 7pm to­mor­row.

Great Cen­tral Rail­way

Great War, Great Cen­tral tells the story of the rail­way­men who fought and the con­tri­bu­tion of the rail­ways to the war ef­fort.

The GCR in Quorn will host dis­plays, talks, mu­sic, re-en­ac­tors, lo­co­mo­tives and a tank.

A vin­tage shut­tle bus will be op­er­at­ing be­tween the sta­tion and Quorn and the Bed­ford­shire Cavalry re-en­ac­tors will be rid­ing through the vil­lage.

The event runs from 10am to 4pm, to­day and to­mor­row.

SYM­BOL: Pupils at Park­land School, in Wigston, cre­ated a poppy in their play­ground


COM­MEM­O­RA­TION: Above and left, The Rev Canon Dr Pe­ter Hooper leads a ser­vice at County Hall; above right, pop­pies that will cas­cade down Lough­bor­ough Town Hall; right, Earl Shilton Methodist Church; be­low, East Mid­lands Air­port’s con­trol tower

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