Published on 21st October 2013

War Memorial

Cheltenham’s remembrance service and parade at 11am Sunday 10 November. The mayor also marks Remembrance Day at 11am on Monday 11 November with two minutes of silence at the 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 on Sunday 10 November. On Remembrance Day the mayor, Cllr Wendy Flynn, will honour the two minute silence at 11am. The service will begin at 10.55am.

A lone trumpeter will play ‘The last post’ before two minutes of 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; Joint Services Support Unit; 2624 Sqn Royal Aux (RF Brize); Old Comrades; RBL Bikers.  Also attending will be detachments from the naval, army and RAF cadets, and patrols from local scouts, as well as riders from Ride til we Rot.

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.

On Remembrance Day (Monday 11 November) the council is again supporting The Royal British Legion in encouraging businesses, shops, offices and individuals to observe a two minute silence at 11am. The mayor, Cllr Wendy Flynn, will observe a two minute silence at the war memorial, with the beginning and end signalled by the firing of maroons. Children from Dunalley primary school will be attending to join in this act of remembrance.

Cllr Wendy Flynn said that as first citizen she counted it a privilege to be able to lead the town in this act of remembrance and would like to invite all members of the community to join her at both of the services.

For press enquiries contact: Kelly Carter, communications officer, telephone 01242 264154 or email: [email protected]
For event enquiries contact: Jennie Ingram, personal assistant to the mayor, telephone 01242 264108, email [email protected]

Photo opportunity:
Sunday 10 November
• The mayor will be in position outside the Municipal Offices at approximately 10.55am.