Remembrance services and parades will once again take place across our area in November including:
This year on Remembrance Sunday, which falls on 12th November, Gainsborough Town Council, the Royal British Legion’s Gainsborough and District branch and All Saints Parish Church will come together to remember and give thanks to those who made the ultimate sacrifice fighting for our freedoms.
A Service of Remembrance will take place at All Saints Parish Church at 10.00am, followed by a ceremony at the War Memorial at approximately 10.55am.
A Two Minute Silence will be observed at 11.00am, the Last Post and Reveille will be played.
The Town Mayor, Councillor Tim Davies, will be joining fellow councillors and Gainsborough representatives from military forces, veterans, their families, and local societies to lay wreaths to commemorate the armed forces and civilian members of Britain and the Commonwealth that lost their lives. Any individual or organisation will have the opportunity to lay their own wreath or remembrance symbol.
Members of the public are invited to lay their own remembrance symbol in small troughs that are to be placed at Gainsborough’s War Memorial prior to Armistice Day, 11th November, which marks the end of the First World War.
“Today will be a time to reflect on all those who served their King and Country and those who continue to do so. A time to contemplate on those qualities that may assist us in some of the challenges we face today,” said Councillor Davies, “Any act can only serve to reinforce the community spirit of the Town as we come together to remember. We stand united we fight as one. I am proud to serve my community and represent all past and present on this special day.”
There will be an Act of Remembrance at the ‘soldier silhouette’ in West Stockwith on Sunday 12th November at 10.45am.
The Parish Council and Parish Church will lay wreaths, then proceed to St Mary’s Church where further wreaths will be laid.
Armistice Day, which is commemorated on 11th November each year, remembers the time when the guns fell silent on the Western Front during World War One. This year the 11th falls on a Saturday.
A short act of remembrance will take place around the War Memorial in Retford Market Place at 10.45am. Everyone will be made welcome for this event. As it is a market day, please ensure that you find space around the stallholders and the war memorial.
The following day, Sunday 12th November, the Remembrance Sunday service will be held in the same location. It is a chance for the veterans, youth groups and all other interested parties to remember all those who have served for the protection of our country and especially those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. This service will start at 10.40am and again all are welcome to join in this poignant event.