Cheltenham's Remembrance Day service

Published on 31st October 2019

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Cheltenham’s remembrance service and parade to honour the sacrifice of armed services in war: 11am on Sunday 10 November 2019.

On Armistice Day (Monday 11 November) the council is supporting The Royal British Legion by encouraging businesses, shops, offices and individuals to pause to remember at 11am. There will be a short service on Monday and representatives from the Royal British Legion will be observing the two minute silence at the war memorial on the Promenade.

On Sunday 10 November, 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 will begin at 10.50am and a lone trumpeter will play ‘The last post’ before two minutes of silence at 11am, honoured by Cheltenham’s Mayor, Cllr Roger Whyborn.

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, 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; Veterans, Cheltenham Royal Naval Association; Royal Observer Corps; 501 Sqn RAuxAF (Brize); ARRC; Joint Services Signals Unit; Cheltenham Fire Service and Gloucestershire’s mounted police. Also attending will be detachments from the naval, army and RAF cadets, and patrols from local scouts, cubs, brownies and girl guides.

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 Roger Whyborn said: “As first citizen I count it a great privilege to be able to lead the town in this act of remembrance.”

Cllr Whyborn 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.

Download the order of service for Remembrance Sunday on 10 November 2019.


For press enquiries contact: Communications, telephone 01242 264154 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 10 November - the mayor will be in position outside the Municipal Offices at approximately 10.50am.

Notes to editors:

  • Sunday 10 November marks the 101 year anniversary since the signing of the Armistice agreement signalling the end of First World War.
  • Sunday’s service will be led by Rev. Luke Goodway, the Mayor’s chaplain.
  • Monday’s short service will be led by Rev. Richard Coombs, the Royal British Legion chaplain.