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Remembrance Day 2018

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Thousands of people will attend Leicester’s annual Remembrance service at Victoria Park on Sunday 11 November 2018 to pay their respects to the nation’s fallen servicemen and women.

Further information

A parade made up of members of the armed forces, veterans and cadets will step off from De Montfort Hall, along Centenary Walk to the Arch of Remembrance at around 10.35am, arriving at the Memorial shortly before the service commences at 10.55am.

Members of the public are asked to be in place by 10.30am to witness the parade, which will be lined with poppies to acknowledge the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI.

Schools, guide and scout associations have been invited to participate in creating a walk of poppies along Centenary Walk. Children making poppies have been invited to attend and display these as the parade passes.

The Service

The service will be led by Right Reverend Martyn Snow, Bishop of Leicester. It will include a two-minute silence, starting on the stroke of 11am. Maroons will sound to mark the beginning and end of the silence.

Official wreaths will be laid by Mike Kapur, Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, and Councillor Ross Grant, Lord Mayor of Leicester, together with representatives from local emergency services, military units and faith representatives.

In addition Sir David Attenborough OM will lay a wreath, supported by Michael Attenborough CBE and Professor Paul Boyle CBE from the University of Leicester, to mark the 100th anniversary of the first donation made to fund the creation of the University. Members of the public are invited to lay wreaths at the end of the ceremony.

Parents and pet owners are advised that the maroons used during the ceremony are loud and may cause distress.

Car parking and travel

Our Granville Road car park will not be in use on the day, but a very limited number of spaces for disabled and blue badge holders will be available at the top end of the car park. These must be booked in advance by sending us an email or calling 0116 454 0020.

Road closures will be in operation from 9.30am on both Granville Road and Regent Road. Affected roads should re-open following at approximately 12.15pm.

Other events that day

Immediately following the service, members of the public are welcome to join the Vice Chancellor of University Of Leicester for the Dedication of Centenary Square on university grounds.

At 4pm, a special service hosted jointly by Leicestershire County Council colleagues and ourselves will be held at Leicester Cathedral to mark the end of World War One. Members of the public are invited to attend the service. 

Arch Of Remembrance video

Watch this stunning footage of Leicester’s historic Arch of Remembrance and Centenary Walk in Victoria Park. You’ll see how we restored the Grade 1 listed memorial as part of our Remembrance Day 2018 preparations.