Remembering the fallen from Rugby: parade and ceremony for Remembrance Day

Remembrance Sunday - Hillmorton Road, Rugby.''Pictured: Denis Palmer, Harry Walker & George Waters.
Remembrance Sunday - Hillmorton Road, Rugby.''Pictured: Denis Palmer, Harry Walker & George Waters.

RUGBY’S annual Remembrance service and parade will take place at the war memorial gates on Hillmorton Road on Sunday

The Mayor, Cllr Kathryn Lawrence, will be joined by various guests walking from the back of Lesley Souter House in Whitehall Road, to the memorial gates to take part in the service and parade.

Some 20 military contingents and other organisations will be taking part, including representatives from HMS Tireless, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, the Royal British Legion, ex-service organisations, the Territorial Army, cadet units, civil and voluntary organisations, Scouts, Guides, the Girls’ Brigade and the Boys’ Brigade.

The units will assemble on Hillmorton Road between the Recreation Ground and Temple Street to be reviewed by the Mayor at 10.30am before they march on parade in front of the memorial gates. The service and parade will last from 10.50am to about 11.20am and members of the public are most welcome.

During the service there will be a two minutes’ silence and the laying of wreaths at the memorial gates by the Mayor and the units on parade. Any member of the public may also lay a wreath. The service will be followed by a march past of all those on parade. The music for the service will be provided by the Salvation Army Band.

The service will be taken by Reverend Peter Privett, assisted by Father Tony Furlong. The salutation will be given by Commander R Hywel Griffiths of the Royal Navy. The response will be read by cadet Staff Sergeant Jennifer Thrower-Menzies, Rugby Troop, Warwickshire and West Midlands (south sector) Army Cadet force.

Hillmorton Road (from Temple Street to Moultrie Road) and Whitehall Road will be closed to traffic from 9.30am to about 12 noon. Traffic for the Ken Marriott Leisure centre will be directed to Bruce Williams Way by using Moultrie Road and/or Hillmorton Road. Vehicles to and from the leisure centre will be halted by Police for the two minutes’ silence.

Maroons will be fired to mark the beginning and end of the silence – 11am and 11.02am – as Armistice Day coincides with the service this year.

n See next week’s Advertiser for photographs of the ceremony.