Remembrance service and parade

Published on 5th November 2012

War Memorial

On Remembrance Day (Sunday 11 November) the mayor, Cllr Colin Hay, will honour the two minute silence at 11am.

  • Sunday 11 November, 11am
  • War memorial

The war memorial in Cheltenham’s Long Gardens will once again be the centrepiece for the town’s service of remembrance and civic parade. The service begins at 10.55am, and is opened by the Mayor’s chaplain, Reverend Robert Pestell.

A lone trumpeter will play ‘The last post’ before two minutes silence at 11am. After the Reveille, the service continues with prayers, hymns and the national anthem, played by Gloucestershire Police Band.

The mayor will lay the first wreath at the war memorial followed by other civic dignitaries, including borough and county councillors, and representatives from local organisations. After the wreaths have been laid, the civic party will watch from the steps of the Municipal Offices as Cheltenham Silver Band leads the march past.

Taking part will be the Cheltenham branch of the Royal British Legion; Cheltenham Royal Naval Association; Cheltenham old Comrades Association; Joint Services Support Unit; 501 Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force; and A Company 6 Rifles Gloucester. Also attending will be detachments from the naval, army and RAF cadets, and patrols from local scouts and guides groups, as well as a pupil from Pates Grammar School who will be reading a poem during the service.

In the evening, the mayor will attend the Festival of Remembrance, which is organised by the Royal British Legion and held at the town hall.

Cllr Colin Hay said that as first citizen he counted it a privilege to be able to lead the town in this act of remembrance.

For press enquiries contact: Kelly Carter, communications officer, telephone 01242 264154 or email:

For event enquiries contact: Jennie Ingram, personal assistant to the mayor, telephone 01242 264108, email

Photo opportunity:
Sunday 11 November
  • The mayor will be in position outside the Municipal Offices at approximately 10.55am.