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Droitwich Remembrance Sunday commemorations

Droitwich Editorial 7th Nov, 2014 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016

RESIDENT across Droitwich will pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars and other conflicts.

The town’s Remembrance commemorations on Sunday (November 9) will begin with the annual parade, led by the Royal British Legion, which will travel from Union Lane to Victoria Square.

At 10.45am at the war memorial there will be a service of Remembrance.

A two minute’s silence will be held before the Last Post is played. Prayers and the laying of wreaths will then follow.

This year’s event is expected to be particularly poignant as it is the centenary of the start of The Great War.

It is also the first year the name of Droitwich First World War soldier Pte William Henry Goddard has appeared on the town’s war memorial and the commemorations will include a short service of dedication to mark that moment.

Pte Goddard was in the 13th Batallion of the Royal Fusiliers, but his name was not on the list of those who gave their lives in the service of their country and for our freedom, until this year.

The parade will then move to St Andrew’s Church, St Andrews Street, for a service about 11.30am.

Parade organiser, Flt Lt Paul Wilde, said: “The Droitwich Remembrance commemorations are always really well attended.

“And, with this being the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, it would be good to see even more people this year.”

Then, on Tuesday (November 11), the Droitwich Royal British Legion will hold a short ten to 15-minute service in Victoria Square, starting about 10.45am.

Everyone is welcome to the event and people are also being reminded to support this year’s Droitwich Spa Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

For more information on this year’s Poppy Appeal and Remembrance Sunday commemorations, call Paul Wilde on 07912 341757.

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