Reading invited to remember this Sunday

Phil Creighton

To mark the 100th anniversary of the Great War, Reading is invted to join in the town’s main act of Remembrance this year. 

The Remembrance Sunday service and parade takes place from 9.30am on Sunday, November 9, in the town centre.

In previous years, the Town’s service, wreath laying and March Past have taken place within Brock Barracks, Oxford Road , but as this year is so significant the 7 Rifles felt that it would be appropriate to bring the service into Town, to enable more people to watch or take part.

Starting at 9.30am from Reading Minster, the service and parade continues the commemoratives of the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

Following the service at Reading Minster, there will then be a march through the town centre, led by The Waterloo Band and Bugles of The Rifles, to Forbury Gardens, including a March Past at Market Place.

A Remembrance Ceremony at the Forbury War Memorial follows, including the laying of wreaths and 2 minutes silence at 11am.

Lt Col James Bryant, the Commanding Officer of 7 Rifles, highlighted the military support for the service.

He said: “We strongly support the Mayor’s initiative to engage the wider public with Remembrance activities.”

Cllr Tony Jones, Mayor of Reading, said: “Remembrance Sunday is an extremely important day for so many Reading people, whose loved ones have made – and continue to make – the supreme sacrifice in the service of their country.

“We hope that many people will join us for all or part of this Act of Remembrance in the town centre.”