Barnsley unites to honour those that gave their lives for our freedom – we will remember them

We’re pleased to announce that this year, we’ll be holding Barnsley’s traditional Civic Remembrance Sunday commemorations outside Barnsley Town Hall on Sunday 14 November in honour of our armed forces who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The Mayor of Barnsley, Cllr Caroline Makinson will lead the civic party procession from the town Hall to the War Memorial just before 11am, where they will then congregate. The mayor will be joined by the Leader of the Council, Chief Executive; veterans and representatives from serving organisations; the emergency services and other local organisations. 

At 11am, we’ll join towns and communities up and down the country by falling silent as we observe the two-minute silence to remember the fallen and reflect on our own experiences. The end of the two-minutes silence will be acknowledged by the traditional bugle call. The mayor will then lead the laying of the poppy wreaths around the War Memorial.

The special Remembrance Service will then be led by The Rev Cannon Stephen Race, Area Dean of Barnsley and will feature songs by local choir - the Barnsley Singers, accompanied by Barnsley Metropolitan Band.

Following the service, the mayor will salute as representatives from local serving organisations including veterans, cadets, St John’s Ambulance Brigade and Scouts take part in a poignant parade to march past the town hall.

Although everyone is welcome to attend the civic service, we’d urge you to consider current Covid-19 guidance, and where possible opt for personal commemorations at home or within your local community. We’d encourage you to observe the two-minute silence at 11am in your homes or on your doorstep. To enable everyone to be part of the ceremony, we’ll be live-streaming proceedings and sharing photos throughout the day. If you do choose to attend the service, please maintain social distancing and wear masks where possible.

The mayor will also be leading a small commemorative event on Armistice Day itself - Thursday 11 November, in acknowledgement of the day peace negotiations began to end the fighting of the First World War. The mayor will be joined by children from local schools and nurseries at the War Memorial to lay poppy wreaths and will lead a one-minute silence at 11am. 

The Mayor of Barnsley, Cllr Makinson said: “I feel so honoured to be leading the remembrance commemorations this year to pay tribute to all the armed forces who made the ultimate sacrifice for us, our country and our freedom. It means such a lot to have this opportunity as last year, our own battle with Covid-19 meant we were unable to hold these traditional commemorations.

“Remembrance Day is an opportunity for us to pay tribute to our Armed Forces community we are honoured to have today, as well as our Royal British Legion who celebrated their centenary this year – providing support to servicemen and women, ex-serving personnel and their families since 1921.

“It’s also a physical reminder to younger generations of the sacrifices made for us and the world they live in today and a chance for us to reflect at a personal level with hope for a peaceful future.”

Residents are reminded that a number of road closures will be put in place to allow services and parades to take place safely.

To get involved and watch the live-streaming of the event, visit our social media channels at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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