Remembrance Day Bristol 2021: Where are the Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day events being held?

Events are being held in and around Bristol to mark Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day in 2021 - after the Covid-19 lockdown interrupted commemorations last year

Events are held each year on Remembrance Sunday to honour the lives of those who died defending our way of life.

It is observed on the second Sunday of November, after Armistice Day on November 11, which is the date of the signing the armistice that ended the First World War, in 1918.

A one or two minute moment of silence is observed at 11 am to mark the exact time the soldiers stopped fighting.

After events in 2020 were disrupted by restrictions due to Britain’s second coronavirus lockdown, this year, events are expected to be held as normal.

Here are the events in and around Bristol:

Bristol Pipe Band and Drummers Marching at Remembrance Day Parade in Bristol in 2019

Bristol Cenotaph, Colston Avenue, Bristol - Sunday, November 14

As always, Bristol’s Remembrance Sunday event is held at the Bristol Cenotaph in the city centre.

The ceremony starts at 11 am with a two-minute silence which will be ended with the firing of a gun.

The rest of the ceremony will feature buglers playing ‘The Last Post’ and the ‘Ode to the Fallen’ being recited.

The Kohima Epitaph will be given after which the wreaths will be laid.

A prayer will be led by the Bishop of Bristol with other faith leaders reflecting on the day. The Lord’s Prayer will be recited and people will be invited to join in singing the national anthem.

Staple Hill Cenotaph, Page Park, Staple Hill - Sunday, November 14

With last year’s festivities downsized due to the pandemic, this year sees a return of the festivities to the Staple Hill Cenotaph.

Beginning with a parade led by the Staple Hill Citadel Band in the morning at 10am in Page Road, the evening ceremony begins at 5pm when the Songsters, a senior citizen choir from The Salvation Army, will join the band.

Tickets are free but it’s essential to book to secure your spot.

Troops taking part in the Remembrance Day Parade at the Cenotaph in Bristol in 2019

Clevedon Pier - Sunday November 14

This community memorial service will be held by the Royal British Legion.

Entry to the pier will be free from 10-11.30am for the service but tickets must be booked in advance due to the limited capacity on the pier. There will be a two minute silence with a maroon rocket fired to signal the end.

Grove Park, Weston-super-Mare - Sunday November 14

A yearly ceremony to honour people from Weston-Super-Mare and beyond who lost their lives, this service is held by Weston Town Council at the War Memorial Grove Park. It will start at 10.45am.

Starting at 2.45pm this parade will move from Rounceval Street to the War Memorial where a civic service will take place at 3 pm. The parade marshall will be Dave Ford. There will be street closures on High and Broad Street from 12 - 4 pm.

Thornbury - Sunday, November 14

While the Remembrance Day parade may be cancelled this year there are still plenty of events to honour the fallen.

In the morning there is a civic remembrance service at St. Mary’s Church at 10.30 am. For those worried about social distancing the event will be livestreamed on YouTube for all to enjoy. In the evening there will be a civic remembrance service at St. Arilda’s House at 6pm.

Yate - Sunday, November 14

A joint effort between Yate Town Council and St. Mary’s Church, people interested in joining the Remembrance Day parade are invited to meet at Pool Court at 9.05am to march to St. Mary’s Church for 9.25am. The service at St. Mary’s will begin at 10am.

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