Royal British Legion celebrates 100 years as Remembrance Day services return to North West Leicestershire

Published: Wed 3 November, 2021

Residents in North West Leicestershire will remember and reflect on the sacrifices of fallen soldiers at Remembrance Day services and parades on Sunday 14 November.

North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC), Ashby de la Zouch Town Council and the Royal British Legion, which recently reached the 100 year milestone, are working together on commemorative events that allow residents in Coalville and Ashby to pay their respects safely.

Whilst the two towns will be able to remember those that sacrificed their lives with a physical event this year, measures will remain in place to reduce the risks of COVID-19. These measures include reduced attendee lists and outdoor services to encourage spacing between visitors. A Facebook Live stream will also be available for those that feel safer watching the event from home.

The Coalville 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 where the parade will end.

During the two minutes silence, poppy petals will be released from the top of the War Memorial.

An Armistice Day Service at the War Memorial in Coalville will also take place on Thursday 11 November at 10.55am.

To help raise awareness of the Poppy Appeal this year, the council has installed 20 Pavement Poppies across the district at a number of war memorials and village locations as part of town and parish councils, local businesses and remembrance partnerships.

The town of Ashby de la Zouch will mark Remembrance Sunday with an open-air service on the Bath Grounds starting at 10.30am. The order of service will largely follow the traditional pattern, with two minutes silence at 11.00am and the laying of a small number of symbolic wreaths.

Councillor Virge Richichi, Chairman of NWLDC, 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.

“Many of you will want to support the return of a physical event this year, and we’ll be encouraging attendees to remember those fallen safely by keeping their distance and only attending if they feel well enough to do so. Anyone with symptoms or who simply feels safer at home, can watch the event by tuning into a live Facebook stream on the day.”

Councillor John Coxon, Leader of Ashby de la Zouch Town Council, said: “I am very pleased that the town will be able to mark Remembrance Sunday by holding a traditional service in a safe and social-distanced way on Ashby Bath Grounds. We will also be broadcasting the service live on Facebook for those who prefer to stay at home.”

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.

To donate, visit www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/poppy-appeal

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