Remembrance Day Services

Remembrance Day Services

Where residents of the Fylde Coast can take part in community Remembrance Services in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre in November 2017

Services of Remembrance in WYRE

Wyre will commemorate the brave men and women who have fallen while serving their country, with a programme of remembrance events across the borough.

On Wednesday 8 November, the Mayor of Wyre, Councillor Alice Collinson is hosting the Northern Festival of Remembrance at Marine Hall, Fleetwood, with all proceeds to be donated to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

The Mayor is also hosting an Armistice Day Service at Marine Hall on Saturday 11 November at 10.40am, with a two minutes’ silence held at 11am.

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Remembrance services taking place across the borough:

Barton, Bilsborrow and Myerscough
Saturday 11 November 2017
Assemble at 10.20am for ceremony at the war memorial, Bilsborrow. 

Sunday 12 November 2017
Assemble at Kings Own Club at 10.00am or alternatively the full parade at Warrenhurst Road at 10.30am for ceremony in Memorial Park.

Sunday 12 November 2017
Assemble at 10am at Garstang Business Centre car park. Service in St Thomas’ Church at 10.30am followed by ceremony at the war memorial. 

Sunday 12 November 2017
Assemble at the Old Town Hall at 10.45am for ceremony at the war memorial, Market Place followed by a service at the Parish Church of St Chad. 

Sunday 12 November 2017
Assemble at the car park, Lancaster Road at 1.45pm for ceremony at the war memorial followed by a service at St Oswald’s Church at 2.30pm. 

Thornton Cleveleys
Sunday 12 November 2017
Assemble at Thornton Little Theatre at 10.30am for ceremony at the cenotaph, Four Lane Ends. 

Free parking will be available on Sunday 12 November between 8am and 2pm at the following car parks:
– Garstang – High Street
– Fleetwood – Albert Street and Custom House Lane
– Poulton – Hardhorn Road 

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Services for Remembrance in BLACKPOOL

Blackpool will pay its respects at the annual Remembrance Day service on Sunday 12 November 2017 at Blackpool’s Cenotaph at 10.55am. 

There will be the two minutes silence, a service and wreath laying ceremony in memory of those who gave their lives in the service of their country followed by a parade.


10.00am-10.30am – Parade contingents gather
10.40am – Civic procession from the Town Hall to the War Memorial
10.45am – Music by the Salvation Army and The Band of the King’s Division
10.55am – Service Commences
11.00am – Two minute silence
11.05am – Wreath laying by civic party, dignitaries, and parading contingents only
11.30am – Service end and parade forms up
1145am – Parade begins led by The Band of the King’s Division
12.15am – Parade ends

The above timing are approximate and may differ slightly on the day.
Anyone wishing to lay a personal wreath, may do so at the War Memorial once the service has ended.

Armistice Day

The Armistice Day service and a two minutes’ silence will take place at the Cenotaph on Blackpool Promenade at 11am.

Services of Remembrance in FYLDE

Citizens and former service personnel will pay their respects at Remembrance Day services across Fylde on Sunday 12 November 2017.

Arrangements for this year’s services are as follows:

St Annes – assemble at the pier car-park, North Promenade, St Annes at 10.30am and proceed (route St Annes Road West and Clifton Drive North, returning via Garden Street and St Annes Road West) to the memorial at 10.38am. 

Lytham – assemble at the Assembly Rooms at 10.30am. Procession to move off at 10.45am to the war memorial via Dicconson Terrace, Henry Street and Queen Street (returning by reverse route). 

Kirkham – assemble at 1.30pm at Orders Lane. Up Poulton Street, left into Church Street, on to the Memorial Garden, pause at the cemetery to acknowledge the graves of the fallen, and on to the cenotaph for service at 2pm. Leave via Barnfield, Station Road, Poulton Street, Mill Street, to the community centre. 

Wesham – assemble at the war memorial approximately 10.30am for parade around town and return to war memorial for service which will start at approximately 10.50am. 

Staining – service this year takes place at 12.45pm at the Memorial in Jubilee Gardens. The service will be preceded as in previous years with a Service in St Luke’s Church starting at 11.30am followed by a procession leaving Church at 12.30pm to the Memorial in Jubilee Gardens.

Civic parties will include councillors, police, the Royal British Legion, former servicemen and women, the Royal Air Force Association, the Army Cadets, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, the Sea Cadet Corps, the Air Training Corps, Scouts and Guides, the Armed Forces, officiating clergy, Justices of the Peace, Fire Service, and the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service.

At 11am on Armistice Day on Saturday 11 November, maroons, a type of rocket will be ignited in brief ceremonies attended by civic leaders as follows:
Ashton Gardens, St Annes, Councillor Christine Akeroyd, Fylde mayor; Charlie’s Mast, Lytham, Councillor Angela Jacques, Fylde deputy mayor; and William Sagar Playing Fields, Kirkham, Councillor Keith Beckett, Mayor of Kirkham.

Did you Know?

Reader Sarah sent us a link to a South African military history blog with an interesting post which explains the origins of the two minutes silence on Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday. 

The author, Peter Dickens, writes:

Did you know that the two minutes silence and its association to Armistice Day (11/11/11) or Remembrance Sunday has a South African origin?

The featured image taken in 1942 is a rare and unique one, it shows a South African serviceman and civilians stopping what they are doing in the middle of Cape Town and standing to attention for two minutes silence, signalled when the noon day gun was fired.  Not common today in Cape Town but a daily occurrence during war years.  So how did this unique practice become a worldwide standard for remembrance?

Funnily it all started in Cape Town too. Read on and learn a little why South Africans should stand proud of what they have given the world; when on Remembrance Sunday and on Armistice day in November, the western world stands silent in remembrance for two minutes … 

Read the full article here

The Cenotaph in Memorial Park at FleetwoodMemorial Park, Fleetwood

Blackpool CenotaphBlackpool Cenotaph

Lytham War MemorialLytham War Memorial

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