Remembrance Day Service
Southend-on-Sea’s annual Remembrance Day commemoration service will take place on Sunday 14 November at the Cenotaph on Clifftown Parade.
Everyone is invited to attend the Remembrance Day Service to honour and pay their respects to those who laid down their lives in the World Wars and other conflicts since. This years’ service will also be the first public Remembrance Day service since 2019 due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
At 10.15am, the Parade will assemble in Prittlewell Square leading to the Cenotaph. At 11am, the chimes of Big Ben will commence the service, followed by a bugler sounding ‘The Last Post’ and then there will be two minutes’ silence.
The Worshipful The Mayor, Cllr Margaret Borton will then lay a wreath at the Cenotaph, followed by dignitaries. The Cross of Remembrance will then be placed on behalf of war widows, alongside wreaths laid by emergency services and faith community representatives.
The Mayor’s Chaplain, Reverend Paul Mackay and the Bishop of Chelmsford, The Rt Rev Bishop Guli Francis-Dehqani, will lead the service, during which the Veterans Associations will lay wreaths.
Hymns and other musical contributions during the event will be played by Southend Citadel Band of the Salvation Army.
Attendees are also asked to keep socially distanced where possible, and if you have any COVID-19 symptoms please do not attend the event. Those who cannot attend the event can follow the service live on the council’s social media accounts.
A number of road closures will be in place in the area surrounding the Cenotaph to accommodate the parade and the service. These closures will be lifted once the service has completed and will be clearly signposted. Any cars found parked within the closures will be lifted to Alexandra Road, so please ensure all cars are removed from the closure areas ahead of the service.