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Poignant tributes for First World War Centenary

Published on Friday, 9th November 2018

1918 To 2018 poppies

This year’s remembrance will be especially poignant as we mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

In addition to remembrance events in Nuneaton, Bedworth, Bulkington, Ash Green, Exhall and Hawksbury village, special activities will take place across the Borough.

In Bedworth there will be a poppy drop - in conjunction with the Royal British Legion, the Bedworth Armistice Day Committee (BADC) has arranged for poppies to fall from the air and drift down to the cenotaph Bedworth at 11 am; this event will enhance this special occasion, adding extra poignancy to mark the centenary.

Town Crier Paul Gough will be attending the Remembrance Service in Nuneaton to proclaim the “Cry for Peace”; this will take place immediately after the laying of the Old Bill Boer War Memorial. Local groups across the Borough will also be participating in many individual activities.

Parking on Council car parks throughout the Borough will be free of charge for Remembrance Day.

 Cllr Barry Longden, Armed Forces Covenant representative for Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council said:

“This year will be a special occasion as we mark the centenary of the end of World War 1. I hope once again that residents from across the Borough will be able to attend one of the special remembrance events on Sunday.

“It will be an honour to commemorate those who served in WW1 and also pay tribute to the great sacrifices made by our veterans and armed forces personnel who have been involved in conflicts across the globe since WW1, making the world a better place for us all.”

The Mayor, Councillor Chris Watkins has arranged for two special commemorative wreaths to be displayed on the Town Hall pillars to mark the centenary. Cllr Watkins said:

“I am delighted with the wreaths, they look fantastic displayed on the Town Hall pillars and make a fitting tribute to the veterans on this very special 100 year anniversary.

"Many thanks to the recently re-formed Nuneaton Lions who were kind enough to provide funding for the wreaths and Willows Florist who did a terrific job in the creation and supply of them. I’m sure that local people will join in my pride at seeing the wreaths displayed on the Town Hall in this way.”

 For more information on any of the services taking place visit: www.visitnuneatonandbedworth.co.uk