Brentwood Council raises flag for Remembrance Day

A commemorative service and flag raising ceremony took place at Brentwood Town Hall on Friday October 29 to honour all those who sacrificed their lives for their country.

Mayor of Brentwood, Cllr Olivia Sanders was joined by Peter Hyam (Royal British Legion – Brentwood Branch), Michael Gott (Royal British Legion – Brentwood Branch), Richard Hyam (Chairman of Royal British Legion – Brentwood Branch), Fr Mark North (St Thomas’ Church) and Captain Nick Allston (124 Transport Squadron) to honour and remember those who are no longer here.

Cllr Sanders said, “It was an honour to raise the flag to mark the build up to Armistice Day. This gives us all as a nation the opportunity to pause to remember the people that sacrificed their life to let us have peace.”

The Remembrance Day parade will be held on Sunday November 14 and all residents are invited to join. The parade will start from Brentwood Town Hall at 10:35am and march down Middleton Hall Lane towards the war memorial at the junction with Shenfield Road, where the laying of wreaths will take place and two minutes of silence will be observed. The parade will then continue along Shenfield Road, crossing the mini roundabouts at Wilsons corner and onto a service at St Thomas’ Church.

The salute will be taken by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Dennis Rensch accompanied by other dignitaries including the Mayor and the President of Brentwood Royal British Legion Brian Kitchener.

The parade will contain contingents from all major uniformed services, Army, Navy and Air Force, including Essex Police, scouts, guides and relevant local charitable organisations. The parade will be headed by the Brentwood Imperial Youth band.

For the first time visitors lining the road will be able to scan a QR code to get a full programme of what is happening including tracking location and times. There will be road closures around the parade route area from 10.15am as well as bus route diversions, High Street parking restrictions.

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Mick Ferris

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