A lone piper will play a lament on the steps of St Peter's Church, in Wolverhampton, at 6am on Sunday morning to provide the poignant start to the city's observance of remembrance.

That time marks exactly 100 years since the armistice agreement was signed to end the First World War. The guns stopped several hours later at 11am.

The piper will play 'Battle's Over' - a traditional lament - as part of a coordinated national campaign which will see 1,000 similar events across the country.

Later on Sunday morning, Wolverhampton's official service of remembrance will get underway.

There will be a parade through the city centre by detachments from veterans, regular forces, reserve and cadet units as well as representatives from local uniformed organisations.

Led by the Pipe Band of West Midlands Fire Service, the parade will move off from Wulfruna Street at 10.35am and make its way through Princes Square, Lichfield Street, Queen Square, Exchange Street and into St Peter's Square.

A traditional drumhead service will take place at the Cenotaph at 10.45am, a 2 minute silence will be observed at 11am and wreathes will be laid by the Mayor, armed forces and other dignitaries.

A civic service of remembrance will then take place inside neighbouring St Peter's Church.

Councillor Linda Leach, chairwoman City of Wolverhampton Remembrance, said: "Remembrance has extra special meaning this year being the centenary of the end of the First World War.

"I know there will be a strong turnout from people from our city to remember and honour the sacrifice of the fallen during the First World War and all conflicts since then.

"I would encourage everyone, young and old, to join us along the parade route and in St Peter's Square to demonstrate how we will never forget those who gave up their lives for our freedom and security."

City of Wolverhampton Council has organised a programme of events throughout 2018 to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

These include creating an updated roll of honour, currently on display in the Civic Centre, which features the names of previously 'forgotten' victims of the conflict who have never appeared on any public memorial before.

The city's 2 First World War Victoria Cross winners have been honoured with the unveiling of 2 memorial stones.

To find out more about how Wolverhampton is marking the centenary visit Type=links;Linkid=10601;Title=Wolverhampton Remembers;Target=_blank;.

  • released: Thursday 8 November, 2018