Top five Remembrance Day events in Gloucestershire this weekend
By Mark Owen
This Sunday, the nation will remember the end of the First World War.
Wanting to pay tribute to those that contributed so much to the war? Here's our top pick of events going on around the county this weekend in support of Gloucestershire's fallen.
Organised by Cheltenham Borough Council, a memorial march will pass through the town centre this Saturday.
Cheltenham lost more than 1,200 servicemen and servicewomen in the First World War. Participants are invited to represent one of the names on the Cheltenham war memorial and to show that Cheltenham Remembers all those who gave so much and asked so little.
Beginning in Sandford Park, the route will take you through the Spa town, passing the war memorial on the promenade and finish in Montpellier Gardens where there will be a short service of remembrance.
A spectacular day of events is being lined up in Cirencester on Sunday to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.
"We Remember 1918" will include the creation of the UK's largest 'Human Poppy' along with an evening remembrance concert in the Corn Hall, Cirencester.
The day will begin with a Remembrance Sunday Service at 10.50am that will include wreath placing at the war memorial and March Past.
At 2pm, the community of Cirencester and the Cotswolds are joining together in Market Place to create the UK's largest 'Human Poppy' in recognition of individual soldiers who lost their lives in the Great War.
Men, women and children will represent the fallen; each issued with red, black or green ponchos. They will cover the Market Place to create a Human Poppy.
At 5.30pm a Community Service will be held in the Parish Church with a peal of bells and the day will culminate at 7.30pm with We Remember 1918 - The Concert, a remembrance spectacular in the Corn Hall, produced by the Barn Theatre.
On Sunday, November 11, Gloucester City is commemorating 100 years since the end of World War One with a series of events throughout the day.
Gloucester City Council and the Royal British Legion are extending an invitation to the people of Gloucester to come to the Morning Memorial Service and Parade and show your support for this momentous occasion.
The traditional open-air memorial service takes place at the Cenotaph, Park Road, at 10:45 am. All are invited to attend the memorial service which includes the two-minute silence at 11am and wreath laying.
Road closures will be in place between 10.45-11.15. The roads affected are: Trier Way (between Bristol Road and Eastgate Street), Park Road, Arthur Street, Belgrave Road and Wellington Street.
4# Coleford Remembrance Parade and Service
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, Coleford Town Council and the Coleford Branch of the Royal British Legion Invite all members of the community to join them for an open-air Service of Remembrance held in Coleford Town Centre.
A parade will leave High Street at 10:20am, pass through town - along St John Street - Bank Street and then re-enter Market Place to assemble for the service which will commence around 10:45am.
5# St Laurence Remembers
Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the ending of the First World War, St Laurence Parish Church in Stroud will host full programme of events in remembrance of those who have fallen.
9.00am - 9.30am "Ringing Remembers"
The St Laurence Bell ringers ring the church bells to commemorate Remembrance Day
9.30am Remembrance Service with Sung Holy Communion (Led by Revd Brian Woollaston)
St Laurence Parish Church
11.00am Remembrance Service and Parade
The War Memorial, Park Gardens, Slad Road, Stroud
12.30pm - 1.30pm "Ringing Remembers"
The St Laurence Bell ringers perform an 'Open' ringing of the church bells to celebrate the Peace which the Armistice brought
6.00pm 24-Hour Vigil and Flame for Peace Ends
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