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All you need to know about Weymouth’s Remembrance Sunday plans

N.B. Jubilee Clock will be lit red from Thursday 11th to Monday 15th November to mark remembrance period.

With Remembrance Sunday next weekend (November 14th), here’s Weymouth’s confirmed plans to honour our fallen heroes, veterans and serving members of the Armed Forces. 

A traditional Remembrance Day service will take place at the Cenotaph on the Esplanade at 10.50am, hosted by the Mayor of Weymouth, Cllr Colin Huckle. A service will be conducted by the Mayor’s Chaplin, Deacon Rev’d Geoffrey Carey. 

Following this service, the Mayor will lay a wreath on behalf of the town’s residents at the Cenotaph. Military representatives, local associations and organisations will then also lay wreaths.  

A cannon will be fired from the beach by the Nothe Fort Volunteer Artillery to signal the two-minute silence at 11am, with the Weymouth Salvation Army bugler performing the Last Post and Reveille. 

Standards, veterans, cadets and youth organisations will then parade south along the seafront, taking the salute. The parade will then make its way to the American Memorial where a short wreath laying service takes place. 

The Mayor of Weymouth, Cllr Colin Huckle, said: “As Mayor, it is a real privilege to be involved in the town’s Remembrance events which recognise the incredibly brave people who have fought in conflicts all over the world. These individual sacrifices must never be forgotten. This is especially poignant given Weymouth’s history in working closely with its Armed Forces community. 

Following the service and parade, an Armed Forces Covenant is due to be signed on behalf of the Weymouth Town Council. A signing ceremony will take place at 12.30pm. 

Weymouth Town Council’s Armed Forces Champion, Cllr Christine James, said: “It gives me great pride to have the opportunity to represent Weymouth and join Commander Steve White in officially signing the Armed Forces Covenant on Remembrance Sunday. 

“By having the covenant, Weymouth Town Council pledges its commitment to those who proudly protect our nation, doing so with honour and courage. We recognise the value our Armed Forces make not only to our country, but to our communities in Weymouth.”  

On Thursday 11th November, Armistice Day, the Mayor will join members of the Royal British Legion at Weymouth’s Cenotaph to observe a two-minute silence. 

Road closures 

Residents are reminded The Esplanade between William Street and King Street will be closed to traffic between 10am and 12pm on Remembrance Sunday. Closure of The Esplanade between King Street and King Statue will also be in place between 12pm and 12.30pm. Diversions will be in operation until the services and parade have ended.   

Cannon fire noise 

People attending the service at Weymouth’s Cenotaph are pre-warned that the cannon fire can be loud. 

Order of Service

The Order of Service for Remembrance Sunday can be found here:

Covid-19  

People attending on the day and taking part in the parade should follow the latest government guidance on Coronavirus. 

ENDS 

Notes to editors 

The latest information and updates from Weymouth Town Council can be found on the websiteFacebook, and Twitter pages.