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County prepares to honour those lost in combat
AT the weekend the people of Worcestershire will join the rest of the country in remembering those who have lost their lives in combat.
This year Armistice Day falls on Remembrance Sunday, making the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month all the more poignant. As usual, communities will gather around war memorials throughout towns and villages to remember those who gave their tomorrows for our todays.
WORCESTER - Public service at Worcester Cathedral on Sunday at 10am followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at the war memorial, including a two minutes silence at 11am.
Road closures in the city centre will be in place to accommodate the parade and the war memorial ceremony.
A service of remembrance will be held at Worcester St John in Bedwardine on Sunday at 10am.
There will be a parade by members of the RBL from the Church Hall, Cornmeadow Lane, Claines, at 10.20am on Sunday. Halfway along the route to St John the Baptist Claines church, they will be joined by members of the 8th Worcester Scout and Guide Association.
At 11am, there will be a minute’s silence at the cenotaph, followed by a wreath laying ceremony. There will then be a service inside the church.
Remembrance concert by St George’s Singers at 7.30pm on Saturday, November 17 at St George’s Church, Barbourne.
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MALVERN - There will be a ceremony at the Great Malvern Library war memorial at 10.45am, on Sunday, including a two minutes silence.
At 2.15pm, there will be a parade to the war memorial in the library grounds, followed by a short service and a wreath-laying. The parade will then march to Malvern Priory for a service at 3pm.
Malvern Male Voice Choir will lead a commemoration service for Remembrance Sunday at the Church of the Ascension, in Somers Park Avenue, at 7pm on Sunday.
DROITWICH - Members of the RBL will meet in Victoria Square at 10.30am on Sunday, for the parade. At about 10.45am there will be a short memorial service at the war memorial, including wreath laying. The parade will then move to St Andrew’s Church at about 11.15am, for a remembrance service.
EVESHAM - At 10.15am on Sunday, uniformed organisations and ex-service personnel will assemble in the Market Square for a parade to the war memorial in Abbey Park. The parade will be inspected by the town mayor at 10.40am.
Members of Evesham Town Council, representatives of organisations and invited guests will leave the town hall at 10.50am when uniformed organisations and ex-service personnel will parade from the Market Square down Bridge Street and to the war memorial via the Crown Courtyard and Abbey Park led by Avonbank Band and the ex-service Standard Bearers.
At 11am, a two minutes silence will be observed and wreaths will be placed at the war memorial in Abbey Park, followed by service of remembrance at All Saints’ Church.
At the end of the service, the Civic Party will leave and proceed to the saluting base in Vine Street via Abbot Reginald’s Gateway and Market Square. The uniformed organisations and ex-service personnel parade will form up on the main churchyard path and then process up Vine Street where the salute will be taken. The parade will continue to the Market Square for dismissal.
PERSHORE - Veterans and honoured guests are invited to join pupils at Pershore High School for their annual service today (Thursday) from 10am.
Tomorrow Lieutenant Commander Jasen Webster will represent the Canadian High Commission at the Service of Remembrance at the Cross of Sacrifice in Pershore Cemetery. This service is traditionally held on Armistice Day but as Remembrance Sunday falls on November 11 this year, it has been moved to November 9.
Following the suggestion of the RBL, the names of the fallen will be read out at the Armistice ceremony and in the Abbey at the Remembrance Service next year, thereafter alternating between these two events.
On Sunday, the parade of veterans and voluntary organisations will meet at the leisure centre at 10am, ready to set off at 10.15am.
A service of remembrance will take place at Pershore Abbey at 10.45am, but people are advised to take their seats by 10.30am. A wreath-laying ceremony will also take place inside the Abbey.
After the service, the parade will march back towards its starting point accompanied by the Bretforton Silver Band and a salute will be taken by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant Mr David Williams-Thomas outside the town hall.
Prior to the march, a wreath laying ceremony will also take place at the memorial garden in Abbey Park by students of Pershore High School.