22nd Oct, 2016

Evesham and Pershore will remember them

Evesham Editorial 6th Nov, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

RESIDENTS across Evesham and Pershore will be falling silent to pay their respects to soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the coming days.

Remembrance services will be taking place on Sunday (November 9), on Monday (November 10) and on Armistice Day itself (November 11).

Here’s a guide to what is taking place to allow those in the Vale to remember those who gave their lives:

Remembrance Sunday (November 9)

EVESHAM’S annual Remembrance Day service will begin at 10.30am with councillors, dignitaries and members of the Royal British Legion meeting at the town hall.

They and residents are invited to make their way to the newly refurbished Evesham War Memorial in Abbey Park for 10.55am ahead of the sounding of the Last Post at 10.59am.

A church service will follow at All Saints Church.

PERSHORE’s parade will be led by the band of the West Midlands Fire Service and will include members of the Royal British Legion and Women’s Section and Royal Naval Association.

Members of the town’s Sea Cadets, Army Cadets, Air Cadets, Scouts, Cubs, Guides, Brownies and St John Ambulance have also been invited to join the parade which meets outside Pershore Leisure Centre at 10am.

The parade will begin at 10.20am and take in the High Street Car Park, High Street, Broad Street, Church Walk, Church Row and the Octagon.

There will be road closures in place all along this route to allow the parade to move safely through which will take place at approximately 10.15am until 10.30 a.m. and again at approximately 11.40 am to midday.

The salute will be taken outside the Town Hall under the Town Clock which is a memorial to those who died during the Second World War.

Monday, November 10

A SERVICE of Remembrance will be held at Pershore High School and will be attended by the chairman of Wychavon District Council and the Mayor of Pershore Coun Tony Rowley.

Civic leaders from Worcestershire County Council, Wychavon District Council and Pershore Town Council are also invited.

The Royal British Legion and the Royal Naval Association are always invited and parade their Standards.

Year eight pupils from the school as well as sixth form students will take part in the service which sees a wreath laid the full Roll of Honour from the High School will read out.

STUDENTS at Prince Henry’s High School will mark the centenary of the First World War with an evening of remembrance.

The school will host an evening on Monday (November 10) which will feature music, drama, poetry and a historical review of the conflict.

Tickets are available at £3 for adults and £1 for children, with all proceeds being donated to charity.

Tickets can be purchased from the school reception throughout the day.

Tuesday, November 11

PERSHORE Cemetery will host an Armistice Day service at 11am with veterans asked to gather for 10.45am.

This service has been running since 1945 in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Garden within Pershore Cemetery.

There are 42 Canadians buried here but also other nationalities including British, South African, Australian.

Poppy Wreaths will be laid in remembrance at the Cross of Sacrifice during the service organised by Pershore Royal British Legion.

Each year the Canadian High Commission sends a representative to lay a wreath on behalf of Canada.

This year it will be Lt Cmdr Christian Brown of the Royal Canadian Navy who will be joined by members of the Royal Naval Association, the Mayor and Mayoress of Pershore and other civic leaders.

Sunday, November 16

EVESHAM residents can pay their respects to the fallen at the Bengeworth Remembrance Parade and church service on November 16.

The parade will form at Bengeworth Club, marching to St Peter’s for a service and then parading back to the club for refreshments.