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Bristol to honour Remembrance Sunday

Military personnel, civic dignitaries and members of the public will come together to mark Bristol’s annual Act of Remembrance this Sunday (November 13).

Everyone is welcome to attend – with a large military parade and civic procession, led by 7 Military Intelligence Battalion, forming on College Green and leaving for the Cenotaph shortly before 10.30am.

The service itself will begin at 11am with a two-minute silence, marked and concluded by the sounding of a gun on St Augustine’s Parade. This will be followed by the laying of wreaths, a short service and the National Anthem.

This service has been held on the Sunday nearest November 11 since 1920, when the Cenotaph was built.

Lord Mayor of Bristol, Cllr Paula O’Rourke said: “On Remembrance Sunday, the people of Bristol will gather to remember and honour the sacrifices of military and civilian servicemen and women during both World Wars and other times of conflict. We must continue to come together as a city to work for a more peaceful future for all.”

The military parade and the civic procession will return to College Green at the end of the service.

A number of major city centre roads will be closed for the event between 5am and 1pm – but people should expect disruption until at least 5pm, so are being urged to plan any journeys accordingly. Diversions and a towaway scheme will be in operation during this time.

Avon and Somerset Police will be conducting a police operation on the day, with officers out on the streets engaging with the public.

Police say while there is no known risk to public safety, as with any major event, they are asking people to be vigilant and if something doesn’t seem right, speak to officers either in person or call 999.

To find out more details about the road closures and the order of service visit the Bristol City Council website.