We Will Remember Them
After remembering privately in lockdown last year, 2021 will see a cautious return of Remembrance commemorations to Marlborough
On Thursday, 11 November our Mayor will be joined by fellow Councillors, representatives from the Royal British Legion, 4MI Battalion, St Johns, Phoenix Brass and the clergy to observe the 2-minute silence at 11:00.
If you are in or near the High Street and hear the air raid siren that will signal the start of the silence you might like to pause where you are and join us.
A Mayoral party will then process via The Parade and London Road to the 7th Wiltshire Regiment Memorial to lay wreaths. Please note there will be a short period where the traffic will be stopped at the 7th Wiltshire Regiment memorial affecting London Road and the nearby roundabouts to ensure the safety of those laying wreaths. Later the same day our Mayor and 4MI wil lay poppy posies at each of the Commonwealth War Graves in Marlborough's cemeteries.
Last year it was not possible to hold a parade or any public commemorations. We will be holding a parade this year on Sunday 14 November, albeit that to ensure this is a covid-safe event the arrangements will be a little different to normal.
A Parade will form up in the High Street from 10:00 and, after an inspection by the Mayoral party led by 4MI Battalion, at 10:30 will march to the War Memorial via Oxford Street and Barn Street. Unlike previous years, the parade will then continue back along New Road and return to the starting point in the High Street by approximately 10:40.
A smaller group representing all participants will then make its way to the War Memorial in time for the 11:00 commemorations and laying of wreaths.
A small congregation will attend a service of remembrance at St Mary's Church: this year there will be no reception at the Town Hall afterwards.
Wiltshire Council has granted permission for road closures between 10:00-11:30 for all roads in the vicinity of the High Street and War Memorial to ensure the safety of those taking part. However to try to limit the disruption to traffic, some will be closed for shorter periods where possible and we will also lift closures for short periods where we can to allow traffic to keep moving. Click here for details.