Residents invited to City of Chester's Remembrance Day commemoration

29 October 2018

The Lord Mayor of Chester is inviting residents to the city’s Annual Act of Remembrance on Sunday 11 November.

This year’s service starts at 6am, with the national tribute to commemorate “Battle’s Over”. A loan piper will play the tune “Battle’s O’er” from the Garden of Remembrance at Chester Cathedral. This will be a fitting tribute to the millions who died or were wounded during the First World War and those who remained at home to support the war efforts.  

On completion of the tune the Dean of Chester will read out a special affirmation followed by prayers. Such tribute has never been undertaken before and local dignitaries will be present to observe this Act of Remembrance. Members of the public, ex-servicemen and local organisations are invited to observe this tribute and encouraged to be a Chester Cathedral gardens for 5.45am.

Also taking place, is the traditional service which starts at 10am and commemorates the centenary of Armistice. It will enable the City of Chester to say thank you to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and for those who returned home to help shape the world we live in today.

The Lord Lieutenant, David Briggs; the Chairman of Cheshire West and Chester Council, Councillor Bob Rudd; the Lord Mayor of Chester, Councillor Alex Black and Dean of Chester, the Very Revd Dr Tim Stratford will collectively lead this year’s Remembrance Service. 

The Lord Mayor of Chester, Councillor Alex Black, said: “The men and women who gave their lives in the Great War will remain our forever heroes, their bravery and suffering must never be forgotten.  It is an honour to be able to collectively lead this year’s Remembrance Service.
“We want the City of Chester to come together and have the opportunity to be involved in marking this important anniversary.  I would encourage everyone who is able to, to come and join in in the services which are taking place on Sunday 11 November 2018.  

“Residents, personnel’s, vets, cadets and local dignitaries should come together to be part of remembering all of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country during World War One.”

The traditional morning service will be complemented by the national ringing of muffled bells which aims to replicate the spontaneous outpouring of relief that took place in 1918.

Present at Chester Cathedral will also be representatives from other local dignitaries: Army, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, Merchant Navy and ex-members of the armed forces will be in attendance.  Local Cadets, organisations and reservists will also be in attendance. 

The Service of Remembrance is followed by the Act of Remembrance at 10.50am in the Garden of Remembrance, outside the Cathedral.  The service will be led by the Very Revd Tim Stratford, Dean of Chester and following at approximately 11.20am, a parade will form up in St Werburgh’s Street, outside the Cathedral, before it marches through the city centre streets of Chester. The parade will conclude in Northgate Street, where the salute will be given to the VIP’s outside the Town Hall.

On the conclusion of the parade, there will be a short 20 minute concert, led by Matt Baker and the Theatre in the Quarter Remembrance Chorus, from the Town Hall Square.  The concert will include songs from the era and will commemorate the relief that was felt throughout the country following the news of the Armistice.  Everyone is welcome to attend and participate.

The Very Revd Dr Tim Stratford, Dean of Chester, said: “Our recent history demonstrates that there has not been a war to end all wars. We have so much to learn by remembering the suffering, brutality and awfulness of the Great War ensuring that those who died did not do so in vain. This year’s acts of remembrance, on the hundredth anniversary of the Armistice, are a poignant opportunity to remember in order to shape the future.”

Chester Cathedral Choir and the Orchestra of St John’s will perform Faure’s Requiem in ‘A Concert of Remembrance’ on Saturday 10 November at 7.30pm at Chester Cathedral, to commemorate 100 years since the end of conflict in World War I.  

Town Hall Square
Town Hall Square

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