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The Royal Borough Remembers: Armistice Day and Remembrance Day arrangements

4th November 2013

Categories: News

The Royal Borough will once again join the country's tribute to those who gave their lives in two world wars and the many other subsequent conflicts with events on Remembrance Day (Sunday 10 November) and Armistice Day (Monday 11 November).

Civic services will be held in Maidenhead and Windsor on Remembrance Day and there will also be a civic presence at the remembrance service in Ascot.

The Mayor, Cllr Andrew Jenner, is encouraging borough residents to join the council’s tributes. He said: “We must never forget the men and women who have fought for our country and paid the ultimate price. Memories of both the first and second world wars should not be allowed to fade and we have so many more recent conflicts that have claimed lives and left families bereft.

“We have a strong association with the armed forces in the Royal Borough and I am very proud to lead the community as we honour our local fallen heroes.

“This year we will be taking part in the act of remembrance in Ascot – and I pleased that the immediate past Mayor, Cllr Colin Rayner, will be representing the council with the support of councillors from the Ascot area.”

Remembrance Day – Sunday 10 November

Ascot

At 10.45am the immediate past Mayor, Cllr Colin Rayner, will lead the civic party at the Act of Remembrance at St Michael and All Angels Church, Church Lane, Sunninghill. Following the service there will be a brief ceremony at the War Memorial adjacent to the church, where wreaths will be laid. Local ex-service and uniformed youth organisations will be attending.

Windsor

The Mayor, Cllr Andrew Jenner, will lead the Act of Remembrance and wreath-laying ceremony at 10.45am at the war memorial in the High Street. Rev John Quick will officiate both at the war memorial and at the service which will follow in Windsor Parish Church of St John the Baptist. Local ex-service and uniformed youth organisations will be present.

Drivers should avoid Park Street, High Street, River Street, Goswell Road, Osborne Road, Alma Road, Claremont Road and Sheet Street between 10.30am and 12noon.

Maidenhead

The Deputy Mayor, Cllr John Lenton, will lead the civic party for the Act of Remembrance and wreath-laying at the war memorial, St Ives Road. Starting at 10.50am, the event will be also be attended by ex-service and uniformed youth organisations. 

The service of remembrance will be held afterwards in the Borough Church of St Mary’s, conducted by Rev Will Stileman. Afterwards there will be a march past with the salute taken by Cllr Lenton outside the Town Hall.

Drivers are advised to avoid High Street, St Ives Road and Bridge Avenue area from 10 to 11.20am and from about 12.30 to 1pm.

Remembrance Day events are usually well attended by people from throughout the community, including local magistrates, former mayors and councillors and the public. Orders of service will be available in Maidenhead and Windsor so that everyone who attends will have the opportunity of playing a full part in the proceedings.

Armistice Day – Monday 11 November

Council staff in both Windsor and Maidenhead will join with colleagues and councillors to mark the occasion.

The Mayor will lead the traditional Act of Remembrance at the war memorial outside the Town Hall, Maidenhead, and the Deputy Mayor will be at York House, Sheet Street, Windsor.

At the Town Hall the ceremonial cannon will be fired prior to 11am by borough bombardier John Matthews. A bugler will play the Last Post to mark the beginning of the two minutes’ silence, which will end with the firing of the second cannon and the sounding of Reveille. 

To allow members of the public to gather safely for the occasion, arrangements have been made for traffic to be stopped briefly from approximately 10.55am.

At Windsor the Last Post will be sounded just before 11am, followed by the silence and Reveille. 

Again, members of the public are invited to gather at York House by 10.55am.

Both acts of remembrance will be attended by representatives of the local branches of the Royal British Legion.

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