By Connor Steel
FAREHAM BOROUGH COUNCIL have invited local residents to come together and pay tribute to remember the town’s fallen personnel next weekend, announcing information about their annual Remembrance Sunday Parade and preceding special services near the town centre as the nation unites in silence on November 13.
The morning of events will start at 9:45am with a service held around the war memorial based at Holy Trinity Church, just a short walk from the town centre. Entitled ‘Forever Remembered’, the names of all loved ones from the Fareham area who passed as serving members in British Armed Forces’ conflicts, will be read out.
Following its conclusion a parade will start at 10:38am, which is scheduled to be led by representatives and staff from HMS Collingwood in partnership with the Royal British Legion charity. The Commanding Officer of HMS Collingwood will furthermore attend the parade with HMS Collingwood’s Volunteer Band and Platoons.
This parade is set to set off from the Duke of Connaught’s Own Club in Western Road, making its way along Kings Road and West Street, before arriving at the war memorial. Fareham will then join with the country in a national two-minute silence at 11am, which will be followed by a wreath laying ceremony and church service.
The Mayor of Fareham, Councillor Mike Ford will also be in attendance at the events and he said in a press release: “This annual service is an important & moving ceremony to commemorate British service members who have lost their lives in wars and other military conflicts. I hope that the residents of Fareham join us on Remembrance Sunday to pay respects to the service men and women who so bravely served our country.”
In order to ensure safety and respect for all residents in attendance, it has been announced that many routes around the town centre will close from 9:45am and 12pm on that morning. This includes the whole lengths of Queens Road, Western Road, Kings Road and Hartlands Road (except for buses / taxis); whilst West Street will close completely from the junction with Hartlands Road to the roundabout nearby Fareham Train Station.
PICTURED BY ALAMY (D4BPR5): Artificial poppies marking tributes to Armistice / Remembrance Sunday.