Remembrance Day service on Plymouth Hoe

The Lord Mayor, Councillor Richard Ball and Lady Mayoress, Mrs Dianne Ball will be joined by the Vice Lord Lieutenant of Devon for this year’s Remembrance Day Service on Plymouth Hoe.

The Deputy Lord Mayor, Deputy Lord Mayor’s Consort, Council Leader, Leader of the Opposition and Council Chief Executive will also attend the service, which will remember all those who lost their lives in both world wars and in all conflicts.

The service on Sunday 10 November will begin with a two-minute silence at the Royal Naval Memorial at 11am.

The Vice Lord Lieutenant of Devon will lay a wreath, followed by the Lord Mayor (on behalf of the people of Plymouth), Flag Officer Sea Training and other representatives of the armed forces.

They will be joined this year by representatives of the visiting German ships FGS Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and FGS Oldenburg.

Wreaths will then be laid by children from the Military Kids Club Heroes (a support group of service family children from across the city) and pupils from local schools.

The Bishop of Plymouth, Rt Rev Nick McKinnel will conduct the service, which will last for around 20 minutes.

Members of the public and local organisations will be invited to pay their respects and lay their personal wreaths at the end of the service, on the north side of the memorial, following the departure of the civic dignitaries.

The processional party will then take their places at the Civilian Memorial in Lockyer Street, where the Bishop of Plymouth will say a prayer. Wreaths will then be laid by the Lord Mayor and Flag Officer Sea Training (on behalf of the armed forces), followed by representatives from various services and organisations.

Members of the public are reminded that parking around the Hoe is limited. Some spaces will be available on the Hoe Promenade for blue badge holders but this will be on a first come, first served basis.

The Lord Mayor said: “Remembrance Day is always a very important date in our civic calendar and this year is particularly poignant as it marks a number of significant anniversaries, including the 80th anniversary of the Battle of River Plate and the 75th anniversary of D-Day and Battle of Arnhem.  It also marks the 70th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift.