Weymouth’s Remembrance Sunday plans – all you need to know
With Remembrance Sunday nearly here on November 13th, Weymouth Town Council’s plans to honour our fallen heroes, veterans and serving members of the Armed Forces have been confirmed.
The traditional Remembrance Day service begins at the Cenotaph on the Esplanade at 10.58am, hosted by the Mayor of Weymouth, Cllr Ann Weaving. The service will be conducted by the Mayor’s Chaplin, Honorary Alderman Rev’d Brian Ellis.
A cannon will be fired from the beach by the Nothe Fort Volunteer Artillery to signal the start and end of the two-minute silence from 11am, with the Weymouth Salvation Army bugler performing the Last Post and Reveille.
During 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 also be in attendance, along with Richard Drax, MP for South Dorset.
Standard bearer’s, veterans, cadets and youth organisations will then parade south along the seafront, with the Mayor taking the salute. The parade will then make its way to the American Memorialwhere a short wreath laying service takes place.
Cllr Ann Weaving said: “As Mayor of Weymouth it is real privilege to host the town’s Remembrance Sunday events. It provides a moment of reflection where people can come together to remember 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.”
Residents are reminded that 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.
Melcombe Regis, Park Street, and Swannery car parks will be offering free parking for people attending, thanks to Dorset Council.
Cannon fire noise
People attending the service at Weymouth’s Cenotaph are pre-warned that the cannon fire can be loud!
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