Chesterfield to remember the fallen, 100 years on from first world war

Chesterfield residents have the opportunity to pause and remember those who have died in battle on the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

The annual service of remembrance on Remembrance Sunday, Sunday 11 November, will take place at 2.30pm at St Mary and All Saints’ Church, the ‘Crooked Spire’.

The service will remember all those killed in the First World War and subsequent conflicts.

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 Burlington Street, High Street, Glumangate onto Rose Hill allowing those taking part to see the poppy displays in the town centre.

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 with the poppy cascade featuring 16,000 poppies donated by people from across the world as a backdrop.

To mark the sacrifice of those who lost their lives in the First World War, the Chesterfield branch of the Old Contemptibles will lay a wreath directly after the Lord-Lieutenant, who lays a wreath on behalf of the Queen.

Councillor Steve Brunt, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for town centres and visitor economy, said: “The remembrance services are a culmination of months of activity to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

“Everyone is welcome to attend and mark the sacrifice made by people in the war and subsequent conflicts.”

People can also attend an eleventh hour service at the Crooked Spire church on Sunday 11November at 11am – the time of the 100th anniversary of the armistice.

Staveley Town Council will hold an event in Staveley at 11am on Sunday 11 November at the war memorial.

Brimington Parish Council will hold a parade and service in Brimington at 3pm.

Chesterfield Museum will also open on the day from 10am to 3pm to allow visitors to experience the sights and sounds of the First World War. There will also be a talk on the Sherwood Foresters from Chesterfield who lost their lives in the First World War.

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