Mayor invites all to Remembrance Service

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The borough’s annual remembrance service and parade takes place at the War Memorial gates this Sunday (November 10) from 10.50am.

Representatives from 20 contingents, including the Royal British Legion, ex-service organisations, the Territorial Army, Girls’ Brigade and Boys’ Brigade, will gather in Hillmorton Road – between the recreation ground and Temple Street – at 10.30am to be reviewed by the mayor before marching on parade to the War Memorial gates.

Elsewhere in Rugby, this year’s Bilton parade, led by Bilton Silver Band, will gather from 10.15am this Sunday from near the Black Horse public house.

Rugby Mayor Cllr Tony Gillias said: “On Remembrance Sunday I shall stand in tribute to those who have given their lives, either through death or serious injury, in order that we can all live in peace.

“I know there could be no greater honour for me than to witness our remembrance service and to be given the opportunity to give praise to those who have made that ultimate sacrifice on our behalf.

“This is such an important occasion, which will be repeated the length and breadth of our country and where people, young and old, will stand in silence to remember.”

He added: “Please join me at the Memorial Gates where we can stand together and show great pride and great thanks giving for those very brave men and women who have given their lives so that we can live ours.”

The Salvation Army band will provide the music for the borough service, which will be followed by a march past of all those on parade.

The service will be led by the Rev Imogen Nay, assisted by Father Tony Furlong.

Traffic diversions will be in operation for the duration of the service and parade. Hillmorton Road - from Temple Street to Moultrie Road - and Whitehall Road will be closed to traffic from approximately 9am to noon.

Traffic for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre will be directed to Bruce Williams Way via Moultrie Road and/or Hillmorton Road.

On Monday November 11, maroons will be fired at Rugby Recreation Ground, in Hillmorton Road, at 11am to mark the beginning and the end of a two-minute silence.