Rugby’s Remembrance service

The service and parade take place from 10.50am to 11.20am
The service and parade take place from 10.50am to 11.20am

Rugby’s annual remembrance service and parade takes place at the War Memorial gates on Sunday.

The Mayor of Rugby, Cllr Ramesh Srivastava, along with dignitaries and guests, will walk from behind Lesley Souter House, in Whitehall Road, to the War Memorial gates in Hillmorton Road to participate in the parade and service.

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.

Members of the public can attend the service and parade, which takes place from 10.50am to around 11.20am.

A two-minute silence will be held during the service.

Members of the public can also join the mayor and representatives from the contingents in laying wreaths at the gates.

The Salvation Army Band will provide the music for the 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. The salutation will be given by Harry Walker, of the Rugby No.1 branch of the Royal British Legion, while the response will be read by Cadet Sgt Thomas Fuller, from the 29F (Rugby) Squadron of the Air Training Corps.

A second salutation will be given by Peter Penney, of the Rugby No.1 branch of the Royal British Legion.

For the duration of the service and parade, traffic diversions will be in operation. 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. Leisure centre traffic will be halted during the two-minute silence.

On Armistice Day, Tuesday November 11, Rugby Borough Council will support the Royal British Legion in the tradition of a two-minute silence at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Maroons will be fired at Rugby Recreation Ground, in Hillmorton Road, to mark the beginning and end of the silence. Representatives from the Royal British Legion, other ex-services organisations and contingents who participated in the remembrance service have been invited. Members of the public can also attend.

On Sunday November 9 members from the Brownies, Sea Cadets, Beavers, Guides and Scouts will parade from Lawford Lane/Main Street in Bilton to Church Walk for the Service at St Marks Church.

The parade will start at 10.30am and will return after the service at around 12.30pm.

The road will be closed from Lawford Lane/Main Street to Church Walk from 10am to 1pm.

A diversion will be put in place and marshals will be on hand to assist motorists.

Former members of the town’s Territorial Army unit, 89 Signal Squadron (V), will be taking part in Rugby’s Remembrance Day parade for the first time as a new association.

The 89 Signal Squadron Association (V) was formed a year ago and has more than 60 members from various backgrounds.

The TA unit was disbanded in 2009 and became the 891 Troop - which was also disbanded.

Steve Davies, member of The 89 Signal Squadron Association (V), said: “It’s great that so many people come out to support the parade and we are proud to be a part of it for the first time as an Association. I think it’s really important for us all to reflect on conflict and remember those who have either fought in it or been key in supporting us all.” The Association can be found on Facebook.