01 November 2021
Remembrance Sunday 2021
Bridport’s annual Remembrance Parade and Service on Sunday 14 November will as usual mark the sacrifice of those who lost their lives in war. The event, organised by Bridport Town Council, Parade Commander Brigadier John Dean, Rev Pete Stone of Bridport Team Ministry and a range of forces organisations, will commence with a parade through the town centre by representatives and veterans of HM Armed Forces, and local groups and organisations.
Accompanied by the Wessex Military Band, the parade will move off from East Street at approximately 10.40am following inspection by the Town Mayor, Cllr Ian Bark. The Mayor will lead the Parade and will then lay a wreath as part of the ceremony and observance of the traditional two minute silence at the War Memorial. This will be followed by the Mayor’s address and the Service of Remembrance, which this year will take place outside St Mary’s Church. This is so that as many people as want to can attend, whilst limiting the risk of Covid-19 transmission.
It is anticipated that a significant number will want to attend, and organisers are encouraging people to respect the safety of others by wearing a mask and by maintaining as safe a distance as possible. People should not attend if they have any Covid symptoms.
Following feedback from local groups, the parade will not return up South Street after the service as has happened in previous years. This is in recognition of the fact that some participants find this second parade increasingly challenging.
These arrangements are based on the Covid situation and guidance as at present. Should the situation change the event will be adapted accordingly.
Town Centre road closures will be in place for the parade from 10.30am until 1.00pm. Local residents and visitors to the town centre are asked not to park in the vicinity of St Mary’s Church after 8.00am on the morning of 14 November.
• Will Austin, Town Clerk, Bridport Town Council. Email WAustin@bridport-tc.gov.uk
or tel 01308 456722.