Armistice and Remembrance services to take place in Rugby this weekend - The Rugby Observer

Armistice and Remembrance services to take place in Rugby this weekend

Andy Morris 10th Nov, 2017   0

‘WE SHALL remember’ this weekend when the town observes the traditions of Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday.

Rugby Borough Council is supporting the Royal British Legion in the tradition of a two-minute silence at 11am on Armistice Day (Saturday November 11) in memory of those who gave their lives for their country.

Maroons will be fired to mark the beginning and end of the silence – 11am and 11.02am – at Rugby Recreation Ground, Hillmorton Road.

The Mayor will attend and representatives from the local branches of the Royal British Legion have been invited. The event is open to the public.

The annual remembrance service and parade will take place at the war memorial gates in Hillmorton Road on Sunday (November 12). The Mayor and civic party will process from the rear of Lesley Souter House, Whitehall Road, to the memorial gates.

The service will be taken by Reverend Imogen Nay of St Andrew’s Church, assisted by Father David from St Marie’s Church. The exhortation will be given by Martin Myatt of the Royal British Legion, Rugby No.1 Branch. The Kohima Epitaph will be given by the Mayor’s Cadet, Dru Clarke, Rugby and District Sea Cadets and Royal Marines Cadets. Music will be provided by the Salvation Army.

Some 20 contingents will be taking part, including the 250 Gurkha Signal Squadron (30 Signal Regiment), 4-Para D Company, Royal British Legion, ex-service organisations, cadet units, civil and voluntary organisations, scouts, guides, girls’ brigade and boys’ brigade.

The units will assemble in Hillmorton Road between the recreation ground and Temple Street to be reviewed by the Mayor at 10.30am before they march on parade in front of the memorial gates. The service and parade will last from 10.50am to around 11.20am and members of the public are welcome.

During the service there will be two minutes’ silence and the laying of wreaths by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire, the Mayor and the units on parade. Any member of the public may also lay a wreath.

The service will be followed by a special commemoration with the family of Lance Corporal Maurice Lewis Lett of the Black Watch. Lance Corporal Lett was killed on February 25, 1945 during a battle in the Reichswald Forest on the Dutch/German border, aged 19. He lived on Manor Road in Rugby, and his name has recently been added to the war memorial gates.

Road closures will take place throughout the morning in Hillmorton Road, Whitehall Road, Bruce Williams Way, Main Street in Bilton, High Street in Hillmorton, Main Street in Wolston, and Brookside and Church Walk in Stretton on Dunsmore. Visit for more information.

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