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28th Nov, 2021

Plans for Rugby's remembrance service and parade announced

Editorial Correspondent 2nd Nov, 2021 Updated: 2nd Nov, 2021

PLANS for Rugby’s remembrance service and parade have been announced.

The service – which last year had limited attendance to comply with coronavirus restrictions – will take place at the War Memorial gates in Hillmorton Road on Remembrance Sunday, November 14.

The Mayor of Rugby, Deepah Brojomohun-Roberts, and the civic party will walk from the rear of Lesley Souter House, in Whitehall Road, to the War Memorial gates to participate in the parade and service.

Representatives from around 20 contingents, including the 250 Squadron of the Queen’s Gurkha Signals, the Royal British Legion and ex-service organisations, will gather in Hillmorton Road – between Whitehall Recreation Ground and Temple Street – at 10.30am to be reviewed by the Mayor before marching on parade to the War Memorial gates.

Members of the public can attend the service and parade, which takes place from around 10.50am to around 11.30am.

A two minute silence will take place during the service. The Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire, the Mayor and representatives from the contingents will then lay wreaths at the memorial gates.

Members of the public can lay wreaths at the gates when the service has concluded.

The Reverend Canon Edmund Newey will lead the service, assisted by Father Shinto Francis Kumminiyil IC, and the Salvation Army will provide the music.

Martin Myatt, of the Rugby No.1 branch of the Royal British Legion, will deliver the exhortation, while the Mayor’s Cadet, Cadet Flight Sergeant Benjamin Walker of the Royal Air Force Cadets (TA Centre, Rugby), will read the Kohima Epitaph.

Residents and all participants should take a lateral flow Covid test before attending the service. Anyone who returns a positive test, has Covid symptoms or should be self-isolating should not attend.

All attendees have been advised to wear a face covering, in line with the latest Government guidance relating to crowded spaces.

Whitehall Road and Hillmorton Road – from Temple Street to the Whitehall Road roundabout – will be closed from 8am to 12 noon.

Bruce Williams Way will be closed from 10am to 12 noon. Vehicle access to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre will be possible via Moultrie Road and/or Hillmorton Road, from the west side of the Whitehall Road roundabout, until 10am. Pedestrian access to the centre will be possible via Cromwell Road, the Hospital of St Cross and Bruce Williams Way.

High Street in Hillmorton – from its junction with Deerings Road to its junction with Fenwick Drive – will be closed from 10.30am to 11.45am.

On Armistice Day – Thursday November 11 – Rugby Borough Council will support the Royal British Legion in the tradition of a two minute silence at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, in memory of those who gave their lives for their country.

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

Members of the public can attend.

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