Remembrance Day service

Published on 7th November 2018

War Memorial

Cheltenham’s remembrance service and parade marks the 100 year Armistice anniversary and honours the sacrifice of the armed services in war - 10:55am on Sunday 11 November

This Sunday, 11 November marks the 100 year anniversary since the signing of the Armistice agreement signalling the end of First World War. The council is supporting The Royal British Legion in encouraging businesses, shops, offices and individuals to pause to remember at 11am.

The service of remembrance and civic parade, to honour those who have given their lives in past and present conflicts will be held at the war memorial in Cheltenham’s Long Gardens. The service will begin at 10.55am and a lone trumpeter will play ‘The last post’ before two minutes of silence at 11am, honoured by Cheltenham’s Mayor, Bernard Fisher.

After the Reveille, the service continues with prayers, hymns and the national anthem, played by Cheltenham Silver band.

The mayor will lay the first wreath at the war memorial followed by other civic dignitaries, including borough and county councillors, representatives from Cheltenham’s French and German twin towns and local organisations. After the wreaths have been laid, the civic party will watch the march pass from the steps of the Municipal Offices.

Taking part will be the Cheltenham branch of the Royal British Legion; Cheltenham Royal Naval Association; Royal Observer Corps, 501 Sqn RAuxAF (Brize); ARRC, Joint Services Signals Unit; and Veterans. Also attending will be detachments from the naval, army and RAF cadets, and patrols from local scouts, cubs, guides and brownie units.

In the evening, the mayor will attend the Cheltenham Remembers projection of WW1 imagery at the Municipal Offices followed by the Festival of Remembrance, which is organised by the Royal British Legion and held at the town hall.

Cllr Bernard Fisher said: ‘’It is a privilege to be able to lead the town in this act of remembrance which will not only remember those who fell 100 years ago, but also those who gave their lives, in more recent conflicts.”

In addition to welcoming twinning friends from Annecy and Göttingen, Cllr Fisher invites any ex-service personnel who would like to attend the services to assemble with the group at 10.20am in front of the Municipal Offices, along with members of the community.

Road closures for Royal Well Road, Crescent Terrace and Promenade will be in place on Sunday 11 November for the remembrance service from 10am until 1pm and between 4pm and 8pm on the Promenade for the Cheltenham Remembers visual and audio display onto the Municipal Offices. 

For Cheltenham Remembers activities, the Inner Promenade Road will be closed between 8am Saturday 10 November until 8am Monday 12 November. The road closures will be lifted early if they are no longer needed.


For press enquiries contact: Jemima Lawson communications officer  telephone 01242 264332 or email: communications@cheltenham.gov.uk

For event enquiries contact: Jennie Ingram, personal assistant to the mayor, telephone 01242 264108, email jennie.ingram@cheltenham.gov.uk

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

Notes:

For veterans who wish to be part of the parade please email Pat Beard pkabeard@btinternet.com

High-impact and poignant animation to be projected onto the Municipal building 11 November from 5pm. Further information about the Cheltenham Remembers WW1 project can be found www.cheltenhamremembers.org.uk