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Chesterfield pauses to remember

Chesterfield residents have the opportunity to pause and remember those who have died in the First World War and subsequent conflicts in a series of events to commemorate Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday.

The eleventh hour service will take place at the war memorial on Rose Hill, opposite the Town Hall from 10.40am on Friday 11 November.

The service will include the Last Post, a two-minute silence at 11am and Reveille. Young people from local schools and Chesterfield College will take part in the service.

The annual service of remembrance on Remembrance Sunday will take place at 2.30pm on Sunday 13 November at St Mary and All Saints’ Church, the ‘Crooked Spire’.

Everyone is welcome to attend but residents are advised to be seated by 2pm as the church becomes very full.

The service will be followed by a parade from the church, through the town centre and along Knifesmithgate to the war memorial at Rose Hill, opposite the Town Hall.

Residents and visitors are welcome to watch the parade which will include Chesterfield’s mayor and mayoress and other local dignitaries.

Members of the public are also welcome to attend the wreath laying ceremony at the war memorial from approximately 3.30pm.

There will be no service in Chesterfield at 11am on Remembrance Sunday, 13 November, due to the events taking place in the afternoon. Councillors may also be attending events in their local areas on Sunday morning.

Staveley Town Council will hold an event in Staveley on the morning of 13 November. People should gather at 10.15am at St John’s Road. The parade will march off at 10.25am towards Staveley Market Place and will reach the Garden of Remembrance at 10:50, when a short service will begin.

Councillor Sharon Blank, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for governance, said: “Each year hundreds of people attend remembrance events in the borough and this year has also seen commemorations locally and nationally for the centenaries of the Battle of the Somme and the Battle of Jutland.

“Everyone is welcome to come along to pay their respects to all those who have died serving their country.”

First published on 01 November 2016 Last updated on 07 July 2017