The Ashington Branch of the Royal British Legion and the staff at Ashington Town Council have now finalised arrangements for the Remembrance Day Service and Parade on Sunday, 9 November.
The Parade will set off from the Royal British Legion HQ on North Seaton Road at 10.25am prompt.
John Simpson, the British Legion’s Poppy Appeal organiser, said “Remembrance Sunday has always been a major event in the calendar for us because of the Poppy Appeal and the Veterans’ Parade, but 2014 is particularly poignant, as we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War. I have no doubt that the people of Ashington will once again turn out in large numbers to demonstrate the genuine pride and respect they have for members of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces past and present.”
Wansbeck’s Ashington Colliery Brass Band will lead the parade and play during the service at the War Memorial. Mr Steve Harmison, Deputy Lieutenant of Northumberland, will march behind the Royal British Legion and Ex-Service Standards alongside followed by the Mayor of Ashington, members and staff from Ashington Town Council, Wansbeck’s MP and other local civic dignitaries.
Anyone wishing to take part should assemble outside the Royal British Legion Headquarters at 10.10am. The Parade will march north along North Seaton Road, west on Station Road and into the Library Gardens on Kenilworth Road, where there will be a short service at the War Memorial.
Poppy wreaths will be laid by the Deputy Lieutenant of the County, the Mayor of Ashington, the MP for Wansbeck, representatives from each of the Armed Forces and many other organisations. Members of the public will also have the opportunity to lay wreaths and poppy crosses in remembrance of loved ones who lost their lives whilst serving in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.
Motorists are asked to avoid the town centre between 9.45am and 12noon. Traffic will not be allowed on North Seaton Road from the Mortimer Social Club to the Grand Corner; from John Street onto Station Bridge; from Council Road onto Station Bridge and on Kenilworth Road from the Post Office up to the entrance to Wilkinson’s car park. Asda shoppers should approach the store from the Asda roundabout, turning right into the car park.
In addition to the Parade and Service in Ashington, the traditional Remembrance Day Service will also be held at St. Andrew’s Church in Bothal, at 3.00pm on Sunday, 9 November 2014.