|H.M The Queen lays the first wreath at the Cenotaph|
|HRH The Duke of Edinburgh at the Cenotaph|
Screengrabs courtesy BBC Red Button
Peterborough City Council have taken notice of the PBROTRIB campaign to ensure that at 11am this Remembrance Sunday, a short public service will be held at the new Bridge Street War Memorial at 11am.
Readers will recall that last year, in an astonishing disregard for Remembrance Day protocol the Italian Leader of the Council and councillors dropped off their poppy wreaths early in order to decamp to the Cathedral for an indoor service at 11am.
This left members of the public snubbed, out in the cold, and on their own ,at the War Memorial without a Council official or representatives of the Services at the war memorial. However a Royal British Legion member was on hand, and he marked the exact time 11am along with the several hundred members of the public who had assembled in Bridge Street. Its a pity the debt-laden Evening Telegraph is cashing in on this, their photographs of the public service have according to complaints we are getting can only be accessed if you pay for them. Hopefully the ET will be sending a HUGE donation to the Royal British Legion......
The Mayor Cllr Over now says: “The annual Remembrance Sunday service is an opportunity for Peterborough to join the rest of the nation in paying its respects to the men and women who have fought and died protecting our country.
“I would like to encourage as many residents as possible to join the service, as we show our appreciation for the immense contributions of the armed forces in conflicts over the past 100 years, as well as conflicts happening today.
“I also would like to urge everyone to support the Royal British Legion’s poppy appeal, which raises funds for the welfare of service personnel, veterans and their families.”
On Tuesday, November 11, Armistice Day, the mayor’s attendant will lead a procession from the town hall, setting off at 10.50am, to the war memorial, where a short service will be held.
At 11am a maroon rocket will be launched at the start of two minutes’ silence, with a second rocket marking its end. The winners of a primary school wreath making competition will also lay their wreaths on the steps of the war memorial.
The civic procession will then return to the town hall.
Residents are being reminded there will be no access to St Peter’s Road and Car Haven car park from 6pm on Saturday 8 November to 2pm on Sunday 9 November.
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