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City to honour war dead at Remembrance Service

Published on Wednesday, November 2, 2016

THOUSANDS of people will pay their respects to the nation’s fallen servicemen and women at Leicester’s annual Remembrance Service and Parade later this month.

The city’s main commemorations will take place at the War Memorial at Victoria Park on Sunday, November 13.

Around 4,000 people – including members of the public, civic dignitaries and military veterans – are expected to attend.

A parade by veterans and contingents will from De Montfort Hall at around 10.30am, for the service which will take place at the War Memorial from 10.55am. Members of the public will need to be in place by 10.40am.

The Remembrance Service will be led by the Bishop of Leicester, the Right Reverend Martyn Snow. It will centre around the two-minute silence that will start on the stroke of 11am.

Wreath-laying will be led by the Lord Mayor of Leicester Cllr Stephen Corrall and Deputy Lieutenant Colonel Richard Hurwood, and prayers will be said by faith representatives from across the city. The City of Leicester Singers and choir of Leicester Cathedral, together with the Salvation Army Band, will be participating in the service which will be broadcast live by BBC Radio Leicester.

Members of the public will be able to lay wreaths at the end of the service.

Following the service, there will be a march past through the memorial, as the parade returns to De Montfort Hall. Spectators can line the grassed side of Coach Drive to watch the parade.

The Granville Road car park will be closed on the day of the service, but public parking will be available on Victoria Park Road and London Road.

There will be limited Blue Badge parking available for the service. This should be booked in advance by calling 0116 454 0020 or emailing lord.mayor@leicester.gov.uk

Some restrictions on parking and access will be in place on nearby Regent Road and Granville Road from approximately 10am, for about two hours.

During the service, maroons will sound to mark the two-minute silence at 11am and again at 11.02am. Parents and pet owners are advised that the maroons are loud and may be frightening.

For more information visit www.leicester.gov.uk/remembranceday