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Thousands set to attend annual Remembrance service

Published on Monday, November 6, 2017

THOUSANDS of people will attend Leicester’s annual Remembrance service to pay their respects to the nation’s fallen servicemen and women.

The city’s main commemorations will take place at the war memorial at Victoria Park on Sunday, November 12. Around 3,000 people are expected to attend.

A parade by members of the armed forces, veterans and cadets will set off from De Montfort Hall at 10.35am for the service.

It will proceed along Centenary Walk, arriving at the war memorial for the start of the ceremony at 10.55am. Members of the public are asked to be in place by 10.40am.

The service, led by the Bishop of Leicester, The Rt Revd Martyn Snow, will include a symbolic two-minute silence, which will start on the stroke of 11am. Maroons will sound to mark the beginning and end of the silence.

Wreaths will be laid by The Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Lady Gretton, and the Lord Mayor of Leicester, Councillor Rashmikant Joshi, together with representatives from the emergency services and military units. Members of the public are invited to lay wreaths after the ceremony.

There will also be an official wreath-laying by members of faith communities.

The Lord Mayor of Leicester, Councillor Rashmikant Joshi, said: “This event is always very well attended and is a chance for local people to remember and honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom. I am proud and honoured to be laying a wreath at this ceremony on behalf of the people of Leicester.”

The City of Leicester Singers and the Junior Girls and Songmen of Leicester Cathedral Choir, together with the Salvation Army Band, will be participating in the service, which will be broadcast live by BBC Radio Leicester.

Following the service, the parade will pass through the Memorial before returning onto Centenary Walk, where the Lord-Lieutenant, the Lord Mayor and the Deputy Commander of 7 Infantry Brigade Reserves will take the salute. 

The parade will continue to De Montfort Hall and members of the public will be able to line to route on either side of Centenary Walk.

Granville Road car park will not be in use on the day, apart from a very limited number of spaces at the top end of the car park, available on a first-come first-served basis. These include some Blue Badge spaces, which can be booked by emailing

Normal parking restrictions on Victoria Park Road and London Road will be lifted to provide additional on-street parking. 

Road closures will be in operation from 9.30am on both Granville Road and Regent Road, with access to the car park only until 10am. Roads will reopen following the conclusion of the event.

Parents and pet owners are advised that the maroons used during the ceremony are loud and may be frightening.

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