Charnwood’s fallen war heroes will be remembered at three poignant events.
The Mayor of Charnwood, Councillor Pauline Ranson, will place a cross in Queen’s Park’s Garden of Remembrance on Saturday, November 4.
A short service to commemorate those who have lost their lives during human conflict will begin at 10am at the park’s New Street entrance.
Armistice Day will be commemorated on Saturday November, 11, with a service held at the Carillon Tower. A two-minute silence will be observed at 11am.
On Sunday, November 12, around 3,000 people will join the Remembrance Sunday service and parade in Loughborough.
The parade, organised by the Royal British Legion, will start at 10.20 from The Market Place and includes serving and ex-service personnel from more than 25 local uniformed organisations.
A Remembrance Service will be held at the Carillon Tower; Queen’s Park, at 10.45am led by Reverend Wendy Dalrymple, Chaplain, Royal British Legion, Loughborough Branch and Reverend David Owen, Mayor’s Chaplain.
The Mayor of Charnwood, Councillor Pauline Ranson, will lead the proceedings for Charnwood Borough Council and said: “As Mayor it is an honour and a privilege to be able to play a role in the Remembrance events which recognise the brave men and women who have fought and died for our country in conflicts around the world.
“The Remembrance service and parade in Loughborough has grown to be one of the biggest in the East Midlands and is always a poignant reminder of the human cost of war and that their sacrifices should never be forgotten.
“On Remembrance Sunday there are many services around Charnwood where our communities come together to pay their respects and share the two minutes silence helping to keep alive the memories of our fallen heroes.
“There are still many conflicts taking place throughout the world involving the services of men and women from our nation, conflicts in which our men and women have lost their lives which in turn mean there are many families who have been affected in some way or another and your support remains very important and needed.
“Please be generous when buying your poppy to show your support for the Royal British Legion, it is true that without your generosity, they would be unable to continue their work in supporting service personnel and their families.”
In order to prevent a build-up people trying to access Queens Park through the New St gates following the parade, the gates will be closed at 10.30 to the general public to enable the Civic Party and community wreath layers to process into the park.
It is advisable for the public to access the park through other gates on Granby St, or Browns Lane.
For more information about this year’s Remembrance events in Loughborough please contact the Royal British Legion’s Ken Carson on 07759 657863 or Mick Wells on 07853 229803