The Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr Raymond Hassall, will lead Birmingham’s Remembrance Sunday service and parade at the Hall of Memory and Centenary Square on Sunday, November 8. Everyone is welcome to attend the event and observe the two-minute silence at 11am.
Proceedings begin at 10am when the Salvation Army Band commences playing on Centenary Square, with uniformed contingents marching on to the square at 10.30am, followed by members of Birmingham City Council and VIPs.
At 10.40am, the combined bands of R Signals and Mercian, Standards and Associations will march on to the square and the Lord Mayor’s party will arrive on the dais at 10.56am.
The Padre from 37 Signals will conduct the Service of Remembrance while the Dean of Birmingham, the Very Rev Catherine Ogle, will give the final blessing.
Prior to 11am, a roll of drums will take place, followed by the playing of ‘The Last Post’. Following the two-minute silence, there will be a salute of gunfire, the playing of Reveille and the Salvation Army will lead the singing of ‘O God our Help in Ages Past’.
Wreath-laying will then take place, led by the Lord Mayor. Once all the wreaths have been laid, the Lord Mayor will then proceed to the Hall of Memory to await the march past. The parade will disperse in Cambridge Street.
The Lord Mayor said: “We would not enjoy the freedom that many of us take for granted today were it not for those who gave their lives for their country. This is an opportunity to honour and remember them and I would like to invite everyone to join me in paying tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.”
Traffic restrictions will be in place between 9.30am and 12pm in Broad Street, from Paradise Circus Queensway to Sheepcote Street, and between 11.20am to 12pm in Cambridge Street, from Paradise Circus Queensway to Civic Close. Berkley Street will operate with temporary two-way traffic between 9.30am to 12pm to allow access to frontages.
The Lord Mayor will also be leading a two-minute silence at the Hall of Memory at 11am on Remembrance Day (Wednesday, November 11).