Remembrance events start on Friday with annual children’s service

The children's Remembrance Day service in Rock Park, Barnstaple on Friday. Pictures: Andy KeebleThe children's Remembrance Day service in Rock Park, Barnstaple on Friday. Pictures: Andy Keeble

North Devon will honour those who fought and died in conflict with a series of remembrance events this weekend.

Barnstaple has a variety of Remembrance events taking place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

A parade and civic procession into Rock Park will be held on Remembrance Sunday.

Wreaths will be laid by military, civic and community organisations at 11am at the park’s war memorial, before heading to the parish church for the annual Remembrance Sunday service.

Mayor of Barnstaple Julie Hunt said: “The town always turns out in large numbers for Remembrance, and it’s really important that we do.

“We all lead such busy lives nowadays, so from day-to-day we perhaps don’t think about the sacrifices that our armed forces have made, and continue to make, in our defence.

“I think we can all spare some time on this important day each year to show our deeply appreciation for those whose lives have been lost or badly affected by war.”

Barnstaple Guildhall will be opening its doors on November 12 from 10am to midday to allow people to pay their respects at the Rolls of Honour for World War One and Two.

And today (Friday), Rock Park hosted the annual Children’s Remembrance Service.

PICTURES: Barnstaple youngsters pay their respects to the fallen

More than 300 students from local schools paid tribute at a special ceremony at the war memorial.

Mrs Hunt said: “This is a wonderfully touching service, as well as being a vital link reminding young people of the importance of Remembrance.

“I am grateful to all those schools that help maintain the tradition, and to all those involved in organising the event.”

Bideford’s remembrance on Sunday will see an open air service led by The Reverend Alan Glover at Victoria Park from 10.50am.

After wreath laying and the Act of Remembrance, Bideford youth Pipe Band 
will lead the mayor and civic party to the quay, where they will take a salute from the parade.

This will be followed by a service at St Mary’s Parish Church led by The Reverend Claire Rose-Casemore.

Services and Acts of Remembrance will also be held across North Devon this weekend, including in South Molton, Ilfracombe, Braunton, Combe Martin and Torrington.

North Devon events

Saturday, November 11

Armistice Day parade at South Molton War Memorial, 10.45am

Two minutes’ silence, Braunton Square 11am.

Remembrance service, Torrington war memorial 11am.

Remembrance Sunday

South Molton remembrance service, St Mary Magdalene Church, 10.45am.

Ilfracombe Runnymede Gardens ceremony at World War One memorial 10am, followed by parade to war memorial for Act of Remembrance and service at Holy Trinity Church.

Combe Martin parade musters at coach park 9.30am, marches off for parish church Service of Remembrance at 10.15am followed by wreath laying and two minutes’ silence at war memorial at 11am.

Braunton Civic Service of Remembrance, St Brannocks Church, please be in church by 10.50am.

Torrington Remembrance ceremony at the cemetery war memorial 10.50am, parade forms up Lidl

New Street car park 10.15am.