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Remembrance in Taunton

05 November 2021 : Council news, Community

The Mayor of Taunton, Councillor Sue Lees, is leading a programme of events to mark this year’s observation of Remembrance.

Remembrance commemorations are held annually to honour the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women involved in the two World Wars, and in later conflicts.

This year's commemorations are unique as they coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Royal British Legion, whose role is to help serving and ex-serving personnel and their families.

The events will commence on Armistice Day, Thursday, 11 November, with a Dedication of the Field of Remembrance taking place in St Mary Magdalene’s churchyard at 9.30am.

The Dedication of the Field of Remembrance will follow with a two-minute silence led by the Mayor at 11am in Taunton Town Centre. The two-minute silence is observed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month each year to mark the end of the First World War.

On Remembrance Sunday, 14 November, a service will be held at St Mary Magdalene Church at 9.30am.

Following the church service, a parade of veterans, scouts, guides and cadets will march through the town where a civic party will take the salute on the steps of the Old Municipal Buildings in Corporation Street at 10.30am.

The civic party will then process into Vivary Park, where the Service of Remembrance and wreath laying ceremony will take place in front of the War Memorial at 11am.

Temporary road closures will be in place throughout the commemorations.

Anyone wishing to commemorate Remembrance can pick up a poppy at Taunton Visitor Centre. Alternatively, poppies can be ordered online at poppyshop.org.uk.

The events planned are subject to any changes in COVID-19 guidance from the Government.

Members of the public wishing to observe the events are advised to check for COVID-19 symptoms before attending and to take a rapid lateral flow test if possible. Anyone displaying symptoms should self-isolate immediately and get a free NHS test.

The use of face coverings at the events is recommended to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 through crowded areas.

For further advice and guidance on how to stay safe and help prevent the spread, visit GOV.UK. If using public transport to attend any of the events, follow the Government’s safer travel guidance for passengers.

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