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To commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War, there will be a number of events on Sunday November 11, 2018.

We want to invite residents and visitors to join us. The full programme of events is still being finalised but below is a taste of what is planned:

  • Annual Remembrance Parade – this will take place on the morning of Sunday November 11 and will end with a service at the Carillon Tower in Queen’s Park
  • Unveiling of a Charnwood Heritage Plaque to commemorate the troops who gathered in Loughborough Market Place over a hundred years before to go to war
  • A Showcase event in The Market Place – this will include live performances
  • Songster War Horse Armature – the armature, which will be designed by an artist / maker and covered in poppies made by local school children, will travel across the town throughout the day
  • Tea dance at Loughborough Town Hall
  • The beacon in Queen’s Park will be lit at 7pm – this will be part of a national event, where beacons from across the country will be lit to symbolise the ‘light of hope’ that emerges from the darkness after four long years of war
  • Peal of the Bells – this will take place shortly after 7pm
  • Carillon recital in Queen’s Park – this will take place following the peal of the bells

In addition to the events on Sunday November 11 there will be a range of commemorative exhibitions and workshops in the Town Hall and Charnwood Museum, these run over a longer period and include:

  • The Century of Stories exhibition in the Museum
  • Opportunities to join in with WW1 related activities at the Museum
  • An exhibition at Loughborough Town Hall inspired by the Princess Alexandra Quilt

The Armistice and Armed Forces communities programme

With communities across the United Kingdom starting to think about the centenary of the end of WW1 and how they can commemorate and bring people together, the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust are giving groups the chance to access silhouettes that bring to mind those who went to war and did not return. These silhouettes can bring a community together through an event, to remember, and to think about the Armed Forces Community today.

To find out more about the scheme and how to apply go to the Covenant Fund website.

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