The people of Wolverhampton will come together to mark Remembrance Sunday - and the 96th anniversary of the end of the First World War - this weekend.

The city's annual Observance of Remembrance will be held at the Cenotaph in St Peter's Square on Sunday (9 November, 2014).

The Pipe Band of the West Midlands Fire Service will lead a parade including detachments from ex Service, Regular, Reserve, Cadet Units and representatives of other local uniformed organisations starting from Wulfruna Street at 10.35am.

Turning right into Prince's Square, the parade will go along Lichfield Street to Queen Square, right onto Exchange Street and across Cheapside to St Peter's Square, where a Drumhead Service - the traditional form for a religious service attended by troops in the field - will begin at 11am. This will be followed by a second service in St Peter's Collegiate Church.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend and Mayor of Wolverhampton Councillor Mike Heap said: "The annual Observance of Remembrance is an opportunity for us to pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in combat over the years.

"This year's event will be especially poignant as it takes place 100 years on from the start of the First World War, and also 70 years since the D-Day Landings, which was of course a pivotal moment in the Second World War.

"I hope as many people as possible will join us in commemorating the sacrifices of the men and women of our Armed Forces, past, present and future."

Among those taking part in Sunday's parade will be veterans from the Parachute Regimental Association Airborne Forces Wolverhampton and District Branch, the Merchant Navy Association, British and Caribbean Veterans Association, the Wolverhampton branch of the British Korean Veterans Association, the Burma Star Association City of Wolverhampton branch, Polish ex Combatants Association and Staffordshire Regimental Association.

They will be joined by 60 members of B Company, Staffordshire and West Midlands Army Cadet Force, 20 members of the 4th Battalion Mercian Regiment, 36 representatives from RAF Cosford and 35 members of 210 (Staffordshire) Battery Royal Artillery Volunteers.

Also taking part will be 50 volunteers from St John Ambulance Wolverhampton Area, 25 girl guides from the Tettenhall Division, 25 Wolverhampton Sea Cadets, 30 Wolverhampton Scouts, 20 uniformed students from City of Wolverhampton College and 10 representatives from West Midlands Fire Service, among others.

Please note, Wulfruna Street will be closed from 8.30am until approximately 11am for the parade to take place. There will also be temporary disruption to vehicles approaching the parade route between 10.35am and approximately 10.50am.

For more information about the Observance of Remembrance, please contact the Mayor's Office on 01902 554090 or email

Members of the public can also pay their respects at the Royal British Legion City of Wolverhampton Central Branch's annual service of remembrance at the Cenotaph on Tuesday 11 November, 2014. It begins at 11am and will be preceded by a short parade.

And the city will commemorate the Dutch soldiers stationed at Wrottesley Park during the Second World War at the annual Dutch War Graves Service of Remembrance at Jeffcock Road Cemetery on Saturday (8 November, 2014). It takes place at 10am and will be preceded by a short parade which will form up at 9.40am.

  • released: Monday 3 November, 2014