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Armistice Day in Dorset

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11:37am 6th November 2018

There are a number of events in Dorset this weekend, to mark Armistice Day.

Wessex FM will also be broadcasting a special programme this Sunday, starting at 10:45am, commemorating one hundred years since the end of the First World War, and includes the two minute silence at 11am.


Here are details of local services:

Bridport's Remembrance Parade and Service

On Sunday 11th November.  The parade will move off from East Street at 10:40am, led by Town Mayor, Cllr Barry Irvine.  He will lay a wreath at the War Memorial and observe two minute's silence at 11am. 

This will be followed by a service at St Mary's Church, or Councillor Anne Rickard hosting a time of reflection in Bucky Doo Square.

A new commemorative memorial plaque and clock will be unveiled at the Town Hall in the afternoon, at a special tea for ninety relatives of people named on the war memorial.

You can see the Poppy Rope made by local schools in Bucky Doo Square on the day.

From 6:45pm, there will be a cry from the Town Crier on Coneygar Hill, and the last post will be played, before a beacon lighting at 7pm.

Road closures will be in place for the parade from 10:30am to 1pm.


Dorchester's Homecoming and Remembrance Sunday Service

A free community event, Homecoming, is on at the Corn Exchange on Wednesday 7th November from 10:30am to 4:30pm, to celebrate the return of troops at the end of the war, and remember the almost three hundred servicemen and women from the town who gave their lives.

Local schools will perform, and so will The Decadettes, and there'll be photos, artifacts, and talks throughout the day.

End of War
Local soldiers and residents celebrating the end of WW1 in Cornhill, Dorchester (photo courtesy of Steve Poulter) 

The Remembrance Sunday Service will take place on Sunday 11th November at the War Memorial, at the corner of South Walks Road and South Street.

There's also a beacon lighting ceremony in Salisbury Fields from 6:45pm, with the Town Crier, the Last Post, and the beacon lit at 7pm.


Weymouth Remembrance Day Parade

Weymouth's annual Remembrance Day Parade takes place on the Esplanade from 10am to midday on Sunday 11th November, including at the British, American, and Anzac memorials.

Local road closures will be in place during the time of the parade.


Weymouth Beacon Lighting

The beacon lighting event takes place at the Nothe Fort from 6pm on Sunday 11th November.  The Bovington Military Wives Choir and the Decadettes will be performing.  Cllr Gill Taylor, Mayor of Weymouth and Portland, will host the event.


Remembrance Sunday on Portland

Portland will be remembering those who lost their lives with a traditional service at the Portland Cenotaph on Sunday 11th November.


What Remembrance Means

At Dorset History Centre on Friday 9th November, a 'Question Time' debate on what remembrance means, starting at 7:30pm.  Speakers include former war correspondent Kate Adie, and David Willey, curator at The Tank Museum.

kate adie


Upwey and Broadwey War Memorial Hall

This Remembrance event takes place on Saturday 10th November, celebrating an upgrade of the War Memorial Hall.  See more about the early history of the hall, which was built thanks to local fundraising within ten years of the end of the Second World War.

Doors open at 10:15am, please arrive by 10:45am for the service.


Broadwey Remembrance Exhibition

At St Nicholas Church, see the 'Sea of Poppies', which includes a display of local history covering both World Wars.

Open to the public from 10am on Friday 9th November, and following services on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th November.


Find out more about how Dorset Councils have supported local Armistice projects this year





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