Published on 8th November 2011

War Memorial

On Remembrance Day – Friday 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 Barbara Driver, will honour the silence at the war memorial, with the beginning and end signalled by the firing of maroons from the Boys’ College.

On Sunday 13 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 begins at 10.55am, and is opened by the Mayor’s chaplain, Reverend Tim Mayfield.

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; RAF Brize Norton and St John Ambulance Brigade. 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 Balcarras 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 Barbara Driver said that as first citizen she counted it a privilege to be able to lead the town in this act of remembrance.