23rd Oct, 2019

Host of activities to take over Bromsgrove to commemorate the 100th Anniversary (details inside)

RESIDENTS and visitors in Bromsgrove are invited to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War One with a host of activities taking place on Sunday, November 11.

The day will begin at 6am with The Battle of O’Er played on the Bagpipes on Bromsgrove High Street.

From 10.20am, there will be a traditional Remembrance Day Parade involving numerous organisations and community groups which will parade by Argos, giving an ‘eyes left’ at the Oddfellow’s Memorial and ending at the War Memorial on Crown Close.

Any organisations wishing to take part in the parade should contact Patrick Smith on either 07949 789841 or at patrick.smith@uwclub.net.

At 10.55am the Remembrance Day service will commence and wreath laying will take place after the national two minutes silence.

Visitors are then invited to join St John’s Church for a wreath laying at the two memorials inside the church and prayer after the main service at Crown Close.

In the event of wet weather, the full Service of Remembrance will be conducted inside St John’s Church.

The 100 year commemorative events will then resume in the evening.

At 6.30pm there will be a gathering at St John’s Church for reflection and music from the church choir before Bromsgrove takes part in the National Bells and Beacon ceremony with Friends of St John’s.

At 6.55pm the Last Post will sound and the Beacon will be lit outside the church before the Church bells to ring out.

At 7.45pm there will be a showing of The Battle of the Somme film at Routh Hall with live music performed by Bromsgrove School and the Orchestra of St John. For tickets visit www.osjbromsgrove.org.

Following this at 8pm there will be a Commemorative Community Concert called Battle’s Over at Artrix. This event is £10 a ticket and can be purchased via the Artrix.

A representative from the local branch of the Royal British Legion branch said: “I hope the people of Bromsgrove will support this 100 anniversary event to mark this special time and to remember the people who gave their lives so that we can live in freedom today.

“I know that the Bromsgrove population is very proud of the military community and I look forward to seeing them all on this year’s parade.”

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