Mayor to lead city’s Remembrance events

POPPYWreaths will be laid at the steps of Peterborough’s war memorial as part of a service of remembrance taking place on Sunday 13 November 2016 to honour those who lost their lives for their country.

The day’s events will begin at 9.50am when a parade including armed forces personnel, veterans and cadets will leave Car Haven car park and march along Bridge Street to Peterborough Cathedral.

Mayor of Peterborough, Councillor David Sanders, will lead a civic procession including dignitaries, Freemen of the City, military representatives and guests from the Town Hall to the war memorial on Bridge Street for the laying of the wreaths just after 10am.

The procession will then make its way to Peterborough Cathedral for a service of remembrance at 10.30am. During the service the congregation will observe two minutes’ silence.

A service, which everyone is welcome to attend, will also be held at the war memorial just before 11am which will include two minutes’ silence.

Following the cathedral service, the procession will be led back to the Town Hall where a poppy wreath will be unveiled above the building’s Bridge Street entrance to commemorate council members and staff killed in the two World Wars.

The Lord-Lieutenant, the Mayor, Mayoress and President of the Royal British Legion will then take the salute from a march-past at the front of the Town Hall. The procession will continue through the city’s streets, and will include ex-servicemen, 158 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps, RAF Wittering and cadets from across the region.

Councillor Sanders said: “Many of our residents will be too young to remember the world wars so it is important we continue to acknowledge the sacrifices made by so many, including members of our own families.

“Remembrance Sunday is an important annual event for us all to pay our respects to those who lost their lives in combat. I hope the people of Peterborough will join us in marking the dedication of our armed forces in the past, present and future.

“I would also urge people to support the annual Poppy Appeal. Wearing a poppy not only remembers lost lives, but also assists the servicemen and women of today.”

On Armistice Day (Friday 11 November 2016) the Mayor will lead a procession of dignitaries, councillors, Freemen of the City, Honorary Aldermen and guests from the Town Hall to the war memorial on Bridge Street for a short service at 10.55am.

Reverend Canon Ian Black will conduct the service, which will include two minutes’ silence at 11am. A whistle will be used to mark the start of the silence because of a change of legislation around the use of rocket maroons.

Residents and local businesses are being reminded that, because of the service, access to St Peter’s Road and the Car Haven car park will be closed to vehicles from 6pm on Saturday 12 November to 2pm on Sunday 13 November 2016.

Rita and I along with Brian, Ray and their wives will all be there as representatives of Stanground South, we hope some of you will join us.