Charnwood Pays Respect To Fallen Heroes
The poignant Remembrance Sunday event will return to Queen’s Park in Loughborough on November 12. People will gather at the Carillon Tower, the town’s War Memorial, to honour those who have served and are currently serving in our armed forces.
The Carillon Tower was built following the First World War as a memorial to locals who served and lost their lives during the conflict, and in July this year celebrated its centenary with a series of events. The tower was opened on July 22, 1923, with Field Marshall Sir William Robertson hosting the unveiling and the Bishop of Peterborough pronouncing the dedication.
This year’s Remembrance Sunday Parade will start from the Market Place at 10.20am and make its way through the town centre and to the Carillon, where the service will start at 10.50am.
The Mayor of Charnwood, Councillor Margaret Smidowicz, said:
“It is an honour to be serving as Mayor of Charnwood at this time of Remembrance. Each year in Charnwood our Remembrance Sunday event is well attended, as our community recognises the importance of remembering the brave people in the UK and Commonwealth who have fought and died for our country in conflicts past and present, all over the world."
"I look forward to seeing many people at this poignant, important event.”
Councillor Louise Jones, the council’s lead member for Climate Action, Net Zero, Property and Assets with responsibilities for the Armed Forces, said:
“The Remembrance service and parade in Loughborough is an important reminder of the ultimate sacrifice made by military and civilian servicemen and women in wartime."
“Our service ensures that we will remember them, and I know that many people will come down to share the two minutes silence and help to maintain the memory of our fallen heroes."
“Please also consider supporting the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal this year. Your generous donations help to financially support families of our military and civilian service people who have lost their lives.”
Granby Street car park will be closed on the morning of Remembrance Sunday. People attending and taking part in the parade are encouraged to park in Beehive Lane multi storey car park which is free of charge on Sundays. Loughborough Leisure Centre car park, Browns Lane, is for leisure centre users only.
The service will be led by The Reverend Elizabeth York, Acting Chaplain to the Royal British Legion, Loughborough Branch and Chaplain to the Loughborough Schools Foundation, and The Right Reverend Saju Muthalaly, Bishop of Loughborough.
Charnwood Borough Council will be live streaming the service as well as providing updates on social media.
Other Remembrance Sunday services will take place around the borough.
People are being encouraged to share their thoughts and pictures about Remembrance events. Look for the hashtag #CharnwoodRemembers or tag us in on Facebook.
To prevent a build-up people trying to access Queen’s Park through the New Street gates following the parade, the gates will be closed at 10.30am to the 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 Street, or Browns Lane.
Armistice Day will be commemorated on Saturday, November 11, with a service led by Reverend David Newman at 10.50am held at the Carillon Tower in Queen’s Park, Loughborough. The Last Post will be played and at 11am a two-minute silence will be observed.