Bristol to honour Remembrance Sunday safely

Bristol to honour Remembrance Sunday safely

Bristol city centre this weekend welcomes military personnel and civic guests safely taking part in the annual Act of Remembrance.

11 November 2021

Members of the public are welcome to observe and attend the annual parade, which will be led by 39 Signal Regiment based at the Army Reserve Centre in Horfield. Following a short parade from College Green to the Cenotaph, the service begins at 11:00am, signalled by a gun. A two minute silence is observed from 11:00am to 11:02am, followed by the laying of wreathes, a short service and the National Anthem.

Safety measures will be in place to protect both participants and observers. This includes additional barriers to the parade route and around the College Green area.

Lord Mayor of Bristol, Cllr Steve Smith said: “Remembrance Sunday is a hugely important event to be marked in the city, and I’m pleased that this year we are able to do so in person. Our top priority this weekend is to keep our veterans and our city safe, so we’re encouraging people to be extra cautious.

“To those of you who feel more comfortable recognising the occasion from home this year – please do so and join us by observing the one minute’s silence from your doorstep, or display a poppy poster in your window. I look forward to marking this occasion with you all, wherever you may be.”

Remembrance Sunday celebrations are taking place across the UK this Sunday 14 November, to remember and honour the contributions of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts.

Bristol Director for Communities and Public Health, Christina Gray said: “We’re pleased to once again be hosting Bristol’s annual Remembrance Sunday service to remember the contributions of our great servicemen and women. However, we must be mindful that our COVID-19 infection rates remain high, as does the risk of transmission.

“We’re strongly encouraging everyone planning to attend this year’s service to take a lateral flow (rapid) test before they head into town and consider wearing a face covering if you’re unable to give people plenty of space. Please do not attend the service if you do not feel well or have symptoms of COVID-19 – there are some nasty winter bugs circulating alongside the virus, and we must do what we can to look after each other.”

A number of major city centre roads will be closed for the event, between 5:00am and 13:00pm, but people should expect disruption until at least 17:00pm. Diversions and a towaway scheme will be in operation during this time.

Roads affected include: Anchor Road, Baldwin Street, Broad Quay, Canons Road, Christmas Street, Colston Avenue, Colston Street, College Green, Denmark Street, Lewins Mead, Marsh Street, Nelson Street, Orchard Avenue, Park Street, Prince Street, Quay Street, Queen Charlotte Street, Rupert Street, St Augustines Parade, Unity Street, Small Street, St Stephens Avenue, St Stephens Street.

You can find out more details about the road closures and the order of service parade by visiting Annual civic services on the Bristol City Council website.

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