Reading Remembers Those Who Died at War

mayor-making-040TWO ceremonies to remember the men and women who sacrificed their lives defending our country will take place on Armistice Day, Friday 11th November.

Reading Mayor Councillor Mohammed Ayub will lead a two minute silence at the Forbury War Memorial at 11am and Deputy Mayor Councillor Rose Williams will lead a similar tribute outside the Civic Offices, in Bridge Street, at the same time. Members of the public are invited to attend either event.

Reading’s main Remembrance Sunday service and parade will take place in the town centre on Sunday 13th November.

The Remembrance Service will begin at Reading Minster at 9.30am with readings from the Bishop of Reading Rt Rev Andrew Proud; Major Paul Smyth (MBE), Officer Commanding Headquarter Company, 7 Rifles; Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire Professor Suzanna Rose DL and the Mayor of Reading Cllr Mohammed Ayub. Members of the public are welcome to join the service.

The service will be followed by a march through the town centre, led by The 7 Rifles regiment, to the Forbury Gardens. The Remembrance Ceremony at the Forbury War Memorial will include the laying of wreaths and two minutes silence at 11am.

Reading Mayor Cllr Ayub said:

“The ceremonies taking place on Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday are an opportunity for everyone to come together to remember those who paid the ultimate price in defence of our country.

“I hope many people can join me in paying tribute to the brave men and women of our Armed Forces.”

Deputy Mayor Cllr Rose Williams said:

“It is as important now as it has ever been to pause and remember all those who have lost their lives in war and conflict.

“It will be an honour to lead the two minute silence at the Civic Offices and I would encourage as many people as possible to join me.”

Notes to Editors

On 13th November the following roads will be subject to closure between 10am – midday to enable the Parade and Ceremony to take place: St Marys Butts, Broad Street, The Forbury, Market Place; High Street; Abbots Walk.

The Associations and Regiments taking part in the March on Remembrance Sunday are:

•             Punjabi Sikh Community Association Reading & Wokingham

•             Royal Naval Association

•             Royal Army Service Corps / Royal Corps Transport

•             2nd Reading Guides

•             103rd Oxford Road Scout group

•             Reading Ex-British Gurkha Association

•             The Rifles & Royal Glos, Berks & Wilts Reg Ass (Reading Branch).

•             1st Reading YMCA Sea Scouts Group

•             Reading Sea Cadet Corps

•             Royal County of Berkshire Army Cadet Force – 8 Platoon

•             Reading 3rd Reading Girls’ Brigade

•             Forgotten British Gurkhas

•             381 (Reading) Sqn ATC – Air Cadets

•             Regimental Association of The Rifles and The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment

•             3rd Reading Boys’ Brigade Royal Naval Association

The following weekend will see Reading FC hold their annual Remembrance match.  On Saturday 19th November their game against Burton Albion will feature a variety of activities taking place in memory of the men and women who have lost their lives serving their country.

The activities will include a service of remembrance, performances from the Reading Scottish Pipe Band and a collection from the Royal British Legion, before the stadium falls silent to remember the fallen just prior to kick-off.

Victoria Nickless

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