Preparations for Durham’s annual Remembrance Parade are well underway, with hundreds of serving members of the Armed Forces expected to arrive from all parts of the UK for this great event.
The parade is once again organised by the City of Durham Parish Council and will be led by the Band and Bugles of Durham Army Cadet Force which will lead a strong detachment from our county Regiment the Rifles proud successors to the Light Infantry and the Durham Light Infantry.
This year’s parade will march past the memorial to the Victoria Cross holders of the Durham Light Infantry to pay respects those great heroes of Durham.
The heavy drill elements of the parade which will feature some 200 plus troops will be led by two Cavalry regiments, the Light Dragoons and Royal Lancers (Queen Elizabeth’s Own).
Also included in the heavy drill elements of the Army will be the Royal Army Medical Corps, Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers and the Royal Military Police.
The civilian services which will include nurses, prison officers, paramedics, police officer and fire service Standard Bearers from throughout the UK, will be led by the Durham Constabulary Brass Band and Durham University Brass Band.
The parade will march through the Market Place at approximately 11:20am on Sunday 13th November and the Salute will be taken by Mrs Sue Snowdon His Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for County Durham.
In addition to the Remembrance Sunday activities, Durham City will gather in the Market Place on 11th November – Armistice Day – at 11:00am, where wreaths will be placed at the Durham Light Infantry Memorial statue.
Chair of the City of Durham Parish Council’s Business Committee, Coun. Elizabeth Scott said: “Durham has an incredible history of armed forces service and this Remembrance Day, the Parish Council is exceptionally keen to play its part in ensuring that we do everything we can to commemorate the sacrifices made by that brave generation. We are delighted to once again take on the civic duty of hosting this important event this year and I hope that all of County Durham can come together and pay our respects at this event.”
The people of Durham are invited to witness the Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday parade and cheer on His Majesty’s forces past, present and future.