People will come together to remember on Sunday


Remembrance events will take place around the area with the annual parade in Banbury on Sunday morning

Remembrance Day in Banbury this year will be a moving display of respect for those who lost their lives in two world wars and later conflicts.

Townspeople will come together to remember those who went to war but didn’t return.

A military and civic parade followed by a church service and wreath-laying ceremony will take place in the town centre on Sunday November 12.

Crowds will line the streets as the procession passes by and more onlookers will attend the cenotaph in People’s Park for the wreath-laying.

The day will start at 10.15am when the parade will leave Broad Street, march up High Street and along Horse Fair to St Mary’s Church for a memorial mass attended by a specially-invited congregation.

After the service, around 50 wreaths will be placed on the war memorial by representatives of military and civic organisations.

The wreath-laying ceremony will begin at noon.

Remembrance Day is organised by Banbury Town Council and the Royal British Legion (Banbury branch).

Leader of the council and president of the RBL’s Banbury branch Kieron Mallon said: “This is a time when people come together to remember those who gave their lives for their country.

“Banbury is a town with a long, proud military history and many families locally have been touched by the effects of war.

“Remembrance Day gives those families the chance to pay tribute.”

Chairman of the Legion’s Banbury branch Chris Smithson added: “Remembrance Sunday is a national opportunity to remember the service and sacrifices of all those who have defended our freedoms and protected our way of life.

“We remember the armed forces, veterans, and their families – from Britain and the Commonwealth – plus the vital roles played by the emergency services.

A number of other events are lined up around the area.   In Brackley a parade will start at 2.30pm from Winchester House, heading down the High Street.   A Service of Remembrance will then take place outside the Town Hall at 3pm, followed by wreath-laying at Brackley War Memorial.

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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