POIGNANT parades and services will take place in Hucknall and Bulwell this weekend to mark Remembrance Sunday and honour local servicemen and women who have died in conflicts since and including the First World War.
Last year, Hucknall’s event came in for criticism and was branded “a farce” because of the mis-timing of two minutes’ silence and a muffled public-address system, caused by technical hitches.
But the organisers, members of the Hucknall branch of the Royal British Legion, have taken steps to eradicate problems.
The parade will leave Hucknall Parish Church on Market Place at 10.30 am and will march via High Street to the cenotaph at Titchfield Park. The rector of Hucknall, the Rev Kathryn Herrod, will take charge of the service for the first time with a short prayer and address before the two minutes’ silence at 11 am. Dignitaries will then lay poppy wreaths.
For the first time in many years, it is planned to end the event with a parade direct from the cenotaph to the park gates before continuing down Park Drive for the traditional march past.
Bulwell’s Remembrance Sunday parade will start from the car park of the Oakleigh Lodge Social Club on Highbury Road at 10.30 am.
The procession will wend its way to St Mary’s Church, further down Highbury Road, where poppy wreaths will be laid before a service inside the church.
A ‘Remembrance Cafe’ is also being held on Sunday afternoon by the Bulwell Forest Action Group at the United Reformed Church on Broomhill Road in the town. The aim is to remember those who have died and to celebrate the resilience of those who survived.