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Remembrance service and parade mark 100th World War One anniversary

Published: Mon 5 November, 2018

Remembrance parade 2017

North West Leicestershire will remember and reflect on the sacrifices of fallen soldiers at a Remembrance Day service and parade on Sunday 11 November. 

The Coalville event is organised by North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) in partnership with the Whitwick branch of the Royal British Legion. 

The parade leaves Christ Church at 10.35am passing along Hotel Street and High Street, culminating in a wreath laying ceremony at the War Memorial in Memorial Square, which is always well supported by the members of the public. Memorial tower poppies

This year’s parade will be particularly poignant as it marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. 

After the ceremony, the salute will be taken by Deputy Lieutenant Major Bream outside the council offices, alongside the Chairman of North West Leicestershire District Council, Councillor John Clarke. 

During the two minutes silence poppy petals will be released from the top of the recently restored Memorial Clock Tower in memory of the fallen.

Essential work to maintain and repair the Grade II listed tower was completed in October thanks to funding from NWLDC, a National Lottery grant of £60,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and £30,000 from War Memorials Trust. A second phase of work – to the plinth and steps at the base of the tower – will begin after Remembrance events have taken place.

People attending the service will also be able to reflect on the new commemorative sculpture in Memorial Square which was commissioned by NWLDC and will act as a further lasting tribute to the district’s war heroes.

Later on Sunday 11 November a parade will leave Hermitage Leisure Centre at 2.15pm followed by a service St John the Baptist Church at 2.30pm.

Councillor Alison Smith MBE, Deputy Leader and Armed Forces Champion for North West Leicestershire District Council, said: “Remembrance Day is a chance to reflect and remember those we have lost, and to show our gratitude to those that are serving in conflicts around the world.

“This year we have made significant investments in the restoration of the clock tower and the new artwork to ensure we can give the 100th anniversary the recognition and reflection it deserves, and I’m extremely proud of that.

“Our Remembrance parade is always supported brilliantly by the public and I have no doubt we will see that again this year.” 

Bill Brown, the County Chairman of the Leicestershire & Rutland Royal British Legion and a member of the Whitwick Branch, said: As County Chairman for Leicestershire & Rutland Royal British Legion I wish to show my appreciation to Angela Bexton and her incredible team at NWLDC for the outstanding event they put on to commemorate Remembrance.

“The hard work and dedication are always very evident to those attending. The commitment to timings and discipline make a very memorable experience and as ever I’m sure the public will be out in force to support the parade.”

A number of other parades and services are to be held in North West Leicestershire over the weekend with information available from parish councils or local churches.

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