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Borough of Poole marks Remembrance Sunday

Poole residents are invited to join the Mayor of Poole and other council members for a Service of Remembrance at the War Memorial in Poole Park on Sunday 8 November. 

Held to commemorate the sacrifice made by men and women in the service of their country in all wars, this year’s service has particular significance as 2015 marks 75 years since the Dunkirk evacuations in which little ship the Thomas Kirk Wright, which is now housed at The Old Lifeboat Station on Poole Quay took part. 2015 has also seen the 70th anniversary of VE and VJ Day.

Poole Park War Memorial

Taking part in the Parade will be serving military personnel and veterans, as well as the crew of HMS Cattistock, Poole's affiliated Warship and officers from visiting French ship FS La Perouse. They will be joined by Mayor of Poole, Cllr Ann Stribley, Councillors and other guests including representatives from the Freemen of the Borough, Deputy Lieutenant Mr Richard Wilkin LVO MBE DL, Mr Robert Syms MP and Police & Crime Commissioner Mr Martyn Underhill, as well as representatives from the Fire and Police services, Poole Hospital, Dorset Magistrates and multi-faith leaders.

The Parade will make its way to the War Memorial, where the service will begin at 10.50am, led by the Mayor's Chaplain Rev Michael Camp from St Peter’s Church, Parkstone. The Salvation Army band will accompany the congregation in hymns, with the service also featuring readings, prayers and the laying of wreaths. Two minutes silence will be observed following the sounding of the Last Post. This year’s service will also feature a salute from a military field gun which will be fired at the beginning and end of the two minutes silence. Following the service, the Mayor will take the Salute from the Parade, which will make its way from the War Memorial to the Cricket Pavilion, where it will then be dismissed. 

Members of the public wishing to attend the service are invited to come along to the War Memorial by 10.30am, although access to the area immediately in front of the Memorial will be restricted until the arrival of the parade. There will be no vehicle access to Poole Park on Sunday 8 November between 6am and 1pm to allow the parade and service to take place. 

Representatives from the Armed Forces, the British Legion and Council staff will gather for a further act of remembrance on Wednesday 11 November at the Civic Centre. Members of the public are also welcome to attend this service, which will take place outside the members’ entrance of the Civic Centre from 10.30am. The Royal British Legion poppy flag will also fly above the Civic Centre during this period.

The Order of Service is available to download and print at home to the right of this article.

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