The people of Wolverhampton will come together to mark Remembrance Sunday and the 95th anniversary of the end of the First World War this weekend.

The annual Observance of Remembrance will be held at the Cenotaph in St Peter's Square on Sunday (10 November, 2013).

The 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 10.40am.

Turning right into Prince's Square, the parade will go along Lichfield Street to Queen Square, 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 being invited to attend the service and Mayor of Wolverhampton Councillor Milkinder Jaspal 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 will be the 95th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

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

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

Meanwhile, Wolverhampton will pay its respects to 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 (9 November, 2013).

Mayor Councillor Jaspal will lay a wreath in memory of soldiers from the Princess Irene Brigade who are buried at the cemetery during the poignant service, organised by the Royal British Legion.

It takes place at 10am and will be preceded by a short parade which will form up at 9.40am. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

  • released: Monday 4 November, 2013