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Legion preparing for a ‘special’ Remembrance

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: November 07, 2012

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FINAL preparations are being made across East Staffordshire and South Derbyshire for Remembrance Sunday which this year falls on Armistice Day.

The Burton branch of the Royal British Legion has revealed that the parade which will take place on Sunday — will be led by the Spirit of Coventry Marching Band and the parade route will be from the Town Hall, down Station Street to its junction with High Street and then into St Modwen’s Church in the Market Place for a service at 10.15am.

This will be followed by a short service at 11am at the war memorial outside Burton and South Derbyshire College and the laying of wreaths.

A complimentary bus, provided by Arriva, will follow last year’s route along Union Street and New Street due to the lack of space for it to turn the corner from Station Street into High Street.

Roy Whenman, vice-chairman of the Burton branch of the Royal British Legion, said: “November is very important and our busiest month of the year, and it makes it extra special this year as Remembrance Sunday falls on the actual day.”

Stuart Allen, county vice-chairman of the Derbyshire Royal British Legion and president of the Swadlincote and District branch, has revealed details of the main parade in the area.

A wreath laying ceremony will take place from 10am at Eureka Park memorial gates and MP Heather Wheeler and chairman of South Derbyshire District Council Mick Bale will be in attendance.

Attendees will then head to Hill Street Baptist Church for a service at 10.40am.

In Woodville, there will be a service at St Stephen’s Church in High Street at 2pm. A procession to the memorial garden behind the church will follow the service.

A wreath-laying service will take place at 2.30pm at Overseal Village Hall, in Woodville Road.

Church Gresley will host a ceremony at the war memorial in Market Street at 10.45am before heading to St George’s Church in Church Street for a service at 11.30am.

A service will be held at St Peter’s Church in Hartshorne at 10.45am and a wreath laying ceremony will take place at around 11am in Castle Gresley at the war memorial in Mount Pleasant Road.

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