Mansfield District Council is to host a parade for Remembrance Sunday this year on Sunday 13 November.
Executive Mayor Andy Abrahams, Deputy Lieutenant for Nottinghamshire, Col Roger Merryweather, Mansfield MP Ben Bradley and the council’s Chief Executive, Adam Hill have been invited to participate in the parade, taking place from 10am to 12.30pm.
Joining them will be councillors, Royal British Legion representatives, Army Reservists, cadet units, ex-service associations and voluntary organisations. The Pipes and Drums of The Seaforth Highlanders Association will provide the marching music.
The council’s knitted poppy netting will be displayed on the Old Town Hall ahead of Remembrance Sunday and there will also be soldier silhouettes positioned around the district.
There will be various road closures along the parade route from 9.30am to 12.30pm.
Elected Mayor Andy Abrahams said: “The Royal British Legion does amazing and vital support work with veterans, and this appeal is their primary fundraiser of the year.
“Keep an eye out around town for the council’s special nod to our armed forces. We are starting to install poppies on lamp posts and erect soldiers in key locations across the district to give those who have served and sacrificed the recognition they deserve.
“People can buy a poppy from the Legion pop-up shop in No.1 Queens Street, Tesco on Chesterfield Road and in the Four Seasons Shopping Centre. Legion volunteers will also be running street collections in Mansfield town centre.”
Remembrance Day Parade Schedule
The Remembrance Sunday commemoration will begin at the Civic Centre War Memorial at 10am with a wreath-laying ceremony.
The parade will start at 10.15am from the Civic Centre, heading to St Peter and St Paul’s Church along Rosemary Street, Westfield Lane, West Gate and Market Place and Church Street.
The service, which is for parade participants, will start at 10.40am and include a two-minute silence at 11am. There will also be a two-minute silence, led by Joe Martin, of the Mansfield branch of the Royal British Legion, in the Market Place at 11am.
After the service, the parade will regroup and make its way back along Church Street to the Market Place for a salute in front of the Old Town Hall at noon as a final mark of respect. It will then be dismissed at West Gate at approximately 12.15pm.
For safety reasons, road closures will be in place along these routes from 9.30am until 12.30pm. Signed diversions will be in place and access to some streets will be halted for a short time until the parade passes.
Roads affected by the closures will be Rosemary Street, Westfield Lane, Wood Street, West Gate, St John Street, Market Place, White Hart Street and Church Street.
In Warsop, the A60 from Carr Lane up to Eastlings Lane, just past the war memorial, will be closed from 10am to 1pm. The Carrs parking area will also close during this time.
People attending the church service at St John’s with St Mary’s Church, in St John Street, will be allowed access to the church grounds but will have to remain there until the parade has passed.
The council and Royal British Legion apologise for any inconvenience caused by the road closures and appreciate the public’s cooperation and understanding at this time.
For more information please visit www.mansfield.gov.uk/remembrance