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Rugby to remember the fallen

Rugby Editorial 31st Oct, 2023   0

RUGBY will pay respects to the fallen on Remembrance weekend.

The borough’s annual remembrance service and parade takes place at the War Memorial gates on Sunday November 12.

Mayor Maggie O’Rourke and the civic party will walk from the rear of Lesley Souter House, in Whitehall Road, to the War Memorial gates in Hillmorton Road 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 10.25am 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 Aji Alphonse. Martin Myatt, of the Rugby No.1 branch of the Royal British Legion, will deliver the exhortation, while the Mayor’s Cadet, Corporal Arthur Mortimer of the Army Cadet Force (Minden Company) Rugby Detachment, will read the Kohima Epitaph.

The Salvation Army will provide music for the service.

A series of road closures will come into operation for remembrance services in Rugby, Hillmorton and Wolston. See below for more information.

On Armistice Day, Saturday 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, in Hillmorton Road, to mark the beginning and end of the silence – 11am and 11.02am.

Members of the public can attend.

Road closures on Sunday November 12


8am to 12 noon – section of Hillmorton Road between Temple Street and the roundabout at Whitehall Road (both directions). Whole of Whitehall Road (both directions) and section of Hillmorton Road between Moultrie Road and the roundabout at Whitehall Road. Access to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre only permitted until 10am.

10am to 12 noon – section of Hillmorton Road to Bruce Williams Way. Traffic leaving Bruce Williams Way to be escorted to turn left on to Hillmorton Road. No access to Bruce Williams Way permitted. Access for emergency vehicles maintained at all times.

Diversion from Hillmorton Road to Lower Hillmorton Road via Temple Street/Caldecott Street and from Hillmorton Road to Clifton Road.


10.30am to 11.45am – High Street (from its junction with Deerings Road to its junction with Fenwick Drive).

Diversion from Deerings Road to Fenwick Drive/Watts Lane via Deerings Road, Wesley Road, Fenwick Drive and via Deerings Road to School Street and Watts Lane.


10.15am to 11.30am – Main Street from the junction with School Street (including slip road in front of baptist chapel) to Main Street junction with Meadow Road.


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