The Mayor of Northampton will lead a procession of councillors and town dignitaries from The Guildhall to All Saints’ Church as part of this year’s Remembrance Day parade and service on Sunday, November 8.
The main parade will form in two parts on the Market Square. The Northampton Pipe Band will lead the first part of the march to All Saints’ Church at 9.30am and will be followed by the second part led by the Air Training Corps Band at 9.35am.
The parade will join with the Mayor’s procession at All Saints’ Church for the Divine Service which starts at 10am.
After the Divine Service the parade will assemble in George Row. The traditional two minute’s silence will begin at 11am at the first stroke of All Saints’ clock. The laying of designated wreaths and the Remembrance service will then follow.
After the service, the parade headed by the Northampton Pipe Band, will make its way to The Guildhall to make the salute before progressing up St Giles Street, into Fish Street and then reaching its final destination in Abington Street.
The Mayor of Northampton, Councillor Penelope Flavell, said: “Remembrance Sunday is an important time for us to honour and remember the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and all those who have been affected in conflicts.
“I do hope the local community will join us as we pay our respects.”
For the first time this year, poppies have been installed on lampposts and street furniture along the parade route.
Phillip York, branch chairman for the Royal British Legion, said: “I would like to thank all the workers who have been out installing the poppies along the parade route and for the help and support we have received for this year’s Remembrance Day parade.”
The Remembrance Day assembly order will be as follows:
Parade - Assemble Market Square
Order of March
1. Northampton Pipe Band
2. Standard Bearers
3. Wreath Bearers
4. Royal British Legion and other Ex-Service Organisations
5. Air Training Corps Band
6. Units of the Regular Army
7. Units of the Territorial Army
8. Other Uniformed Civil Units
9. Other Organisations.
The first part of the parade headed by the Northampton Pipe Band will march to All Saints’ Church for Divine Service. Standard Bearers form Guard of Honour on Portico. Wreath Bearers to leave wreaths on Portico
The second part of the parade headed by the ATC Band will march to All Saints’ Church for Divine Service.
The mayor and members of the council will process from the Guildhall to All Saints’ Church for Divine Service.
The Chairman and members of the County Council will step off from County Hall
Divine Service at All Saints’ Church
After Divine Service, parade will assemble in original order in George Row except Wreath Bearers who will be at the rear of the parade, and headed by the Northampton Pipe Band will march to positions on Wood Hill.
Wreath Bearers of the Royal British Legion, Old Comrades Associations and others in the parade will occupy a position on the pavement outside the Memorial Gardens in George Row.
The mayor and members of the council will arrive at the Memorial Gardens, entering by the George Row Gate.
The Lord Lieutenant or representative will arrive at the Memorial Gardens, entering by the George Row Gate.
The clergy and choir of All Saints’ Church will arrive at the Memorial Gardens, entering by the George Row Gate. The clergy, choir and the Salvation Army Band will be positioned at the Mercers Row side of the Memorial.
Hymn as shown on Service Sheet
-The Parade Marshall
Act of homage said by the President of the Northampton Branch of the Royal British Legion.
Playing of the Last Post
The silence will be kept for two minutes, beginning at the first stroke of All Saints’ Church clock.
The conclusion of the silence will be marked by Reveille.
The Lord Lieutenant or representative will place a wreath on the Memorial Stone, followed by the Mayor, then other dignitaries, members of the Royal British Legion, Old Comrades Associations and others on parade.
The Wreath Bearers on parade will leave the Memorial Gardens by the Mercers Row Gate, and fall in on Mercers Row for the remainder of the service.
The service will proceed as printed in the Order of Service.
Inside the church:
The parade on entering the church will fill up the pews from the rear in the north and south aisles already reserved.
Arrangements will be made for the Standards to be laid on the altar.
After divine service at the church:
The parade will leave the church starting from the rear pews, so that the parade will assemble in the original order in George Row, and headed by the Northampton Pipe Band will march to positions on Wood Hill.
The ATC Band will march to positions in The Drapery. The Wreath Bearers will march at the rear of the parade, to occupy their position outside the Memorial Gardens in George Row
After the service at the memorial:
The Lord Lieutenant, or representative, The High Sheriff, The Mayor and members of the Council, preceded by the Clergy and Choir will leave by the George Row Gate.
The Salvation Army Band will remain in the Memorial Gardens.
The parade headed by the Northampton Pipe Band will March down Mercers Row, round All Saints’ Church, up George Row, and will march past the Guildhall where the salute will be taken.
After the march past, the parade will march up St. Giles Street, turn left into Fish Street, and turn left into Abington Street for dismissal.
Private Wreath Bearers will be admitted to the Memorial Gardens when the parade has passed.