Remembering the fallen: Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday services

COMET country will remember the fallen today (Friday) and this weekend at services to mark Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday.

In Hitchin, the Royal British Legion and members of the public will gather at the town’s war memorial for two minutes silence at 11am on Friday.

A service will also be held in the town on Remembrance Sunday - this year falling on November 13. The joint cadet forces will march from the drill hall in Bedford Road at 1.30pm to meet up with Legion members. VIPs and the public will then meet at Grammar School Walk, next to the town hall, at 2pm to march to St Mary’s Church for a remembrance service followed by wreath laying at the memorial.

After the service, all are welcome for tea and biscuits in the upstairs room of the RBL branch HQ in Paynes Park, Hitchin.

In Stevenage, the borough council and Royal British Legion will mark Remembrance Sunday with a parade from Primett Road at 10.25 to the war memorial at Bowling Green in the High Street where a service, two-minute silence and wreath laying will take place.

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Surrounding roads will be closed between 8.30am and 12.30pm for the parade to take place.

Mayor Carol Latif said: “The service and parade is a chance for the people of Stevenage to come together to mourn the deaths of all who died in the terrible Great War and subsequent wars, and to renew our determination to work for an end to the causes of such conflicts.”

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In Letchworth GC, the town’s branch of the Royal British Legion will be holding a short service at the Letchworth war memorial in Station Place where the Last Post will be played. A two-minute silence will then take place at 11am, before a final blessing.

On Remembrance Sunday, another service will be held at the memorial, conducted by Father Darren Commons, from 10.40am. Members of the Royal British Legion and Letchworth Salavation Army will then lead a parade down Leys Avenue to Letchworth Free Church, where a civic service for remembrance will be held, attended by local dignitaries.

In Baldock, there will be a short service followed by a two-minute silence at Baldock War Memorial at 11am today. A remembrance service will be held at the war memorial on Sunday at 11am. There will be a two-minute silence, followed by wreath-laying.

In Ashwell, a remembrance service will be held at 2.30pm on Sunday at the village’s memorial, and at 3pm there will be a special service at St Mary’s Church.

In Arlesey, a service will be held at 3pm on Sunday at the war memorial.

In Stotfold, a wreath-laying ceremony will take place at 2.45pm on Sunday at the war memorial in Stotfold Cemetery. This will be followed by a parade which will make its way up Queen Street, along the High Street and into Church Road to St Mary’s Church for a service at 3.30pm.

In Shefford, at 10.40am on Sunday there will be a service at Shefford War Memorial.

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