Remembrance services: Stevenage, Hitchin, Baldock and Letchworth to honour the fallen
PUBLISHED: 09:06 09 November 2017
Stevenage and North Herts will remember those who have fought and died in conflicts across the globe at a series of Remembrance events and services this weekend.
At 11am on Saturday, November 11, a two-minute silence will be observed in memory of the day 99 years ago in 1918 when the guns fell silent in a truce which turned out to be the end of the First World War.
Stevenage Borough Council and the Royal British Legion’s Stevenage branch will be observing the silence for Armistice Day in the Town Square.
Town mayor Pam Stuart, Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland, council members, Legion representatives and other dignitaries will gather on the Joyride platform. The service will start at 10.50am.
Dignitaries will also be joined by Deputy Lieutenant of Hertfordshire Sally Burton at the Bowling Green in the High Street for a Remembrance Sunday parade and service.
The parade will move from the Primett Road car park behind Waitrose at 10.20am to the war memorial on the Bowling Green. The service of Remembrance will start at 10.30am, with the laying of wreaths following immediately afterwards.
Road closures will be in place between 8.30am and 12.30pm around the Old Town to make way for the parade.
In Hitchin, there will be a poppy stall in Market Place tomorrow, Friday, ahead of the weekend’s commemorations.
On Saturday, there will be an act of remembrance for Armistice Day at the war memorial in Churchyard at 11am.
On Remembrance Sunday, the parade will form up in Grammar School Walk at 1.45pm before a march down Brand Street, into the High Street and then through Market Place to St Mary’s for a 2.30pm service.
There will be a wreath-laying at the war memorial after the service.
In Baldock, members of the Royal British Legion welcome the public to join them on Saturday for a small gathering at the war memorial. They ask that members of the public arrive by 10.55am, ready to commence with a two-minute silence at 11am.
The Remembrance Sunday service will also be held at Baldock War Memorial in Bell Row. The service will be led by Rev Tony Ruffell, Rev Andrew Holford and Rev Chris Jenkins. Students from the Knights Templar School will be playing music to accompany the service, and the two-minute silence will take place at 11am. It will be followed by a reading of the names of those fallen, and the laying of wreaths. It is asked that the public arrive by 10.30am, and leave sufficient space for the youth organisations to march. Note that the car park in front of the memorial will be closed.
After the service, everyone is welcome at the youth wing of the Baldock Community Centre for a tea or coffee.
At 11am on Saturday a small and quiet gathering of the Royal British Legion’s Letchworth branch members will take place for Armistice Day.
On Remembrance Sunday the service will commence at 10.30am at the town’s war memorial, which will see the laying of wreaths for those who had fallen, and a two-minute silence. At the end of the ceremony a parade will proceed to St Michael’s Church for a 11.30am service.