New location for Remembrance Sunday commemoration 2009

By on 03/11/2009 in News

The Lord Mayor, Councillor Michael Wilkes, will lead Birmingham's commemoration of the fallen in Centenary Square on Sunday, 8th November.

This year’s ceremony has been relocated to the front of the Rep theatre, from its usual venue at the Hall of Memory, due to exploratory work taking place on the proposed site of the new Library of Birmingham.

A temporary cenotaph has been commissioned and will be constructed in the square.

Road closures associated with the above commemoration will be in operation in the Broad Street area of Birmingham City centre. Broad Street will be closed from Paradise Circus to Gas Street in both directions from 9.30am until 12pm. Cambridge Street will also be closed between Brindleyplace and the roundabout at the rear of the Rep theatre, from 9am until 12pm. Diversions will be in place on Broad Street, Sheepcote Street, St Vincent Street, Sandpits and Summer Row.

Lord Mayor, Councillor Michael Wilkes, comments:

“This is one of the most important occasions in the Mayoral year and I'm confident that the people of Birmingham will turn out in their usual good numbers, just as they support the Poppy Appeal and everything we've done with the Armed Forces in the city this year.

Everybody is happy with these arrangements for the temporary change in venue. They have been discussed with our partners including; the Royal British Legion, the Birmingham Federation of Ex-Servicemen, and the Birmingham Royal Navy Social Club ”.


For more information please contact Hayley Meachin on 0121 303 1271/ 07920 750007

Notes to editors

It is anticipated that building work on the library could begin in 2010, once planning permission has been received. The current work is designed to examine what lies below the site and explore opportunities for environmentally friendly heating, water and power solutions.

Official Programme - Service of Remembrance, Sunday 8th November

• 1000 hrs – The Salvation Army Band commences to play on Centenary Square.
• 1030 hrs – Uniformed contingents march on.
• 1040 hrs – Members of the City Council and other invited guests leave the Rep theatre for their seats in the grandstand.
• 1045 hrs – The Band of the Mercian Regiment, Standards and Associations march on.
• 1050 hrs – The Civic Wreath Laying Party will leave the Rep Theatre for the V.I.P. grandstand.
• 1055 hrs - The Lord Mayor's party will process out of the Repertory Theatre.
• 1100 hrs – Volley of rifle fire by soldiers from 37 Signal Regiment
• Two Minutes Silence.
• 1102hrs – Volley of rifle fire by soldiers from 35 Signal Regiment.
• Bugler – “Reveille”
• The Band of the Mercian Regiment will lead the singing of the hymn, “O God our Help in Ages Past.”
• Act of Commitment.
• Laying of wreaths.
• Civic Party escorted to the saluting dais to await the march past.
• The Band of the Mercian Regiment will move into position on Centenary Square ready to lead the Ex-Service Associations from Centenary Square.
• After the Parade has marched past, the Lord Mayor will be escorted from the saluting dais.
• The Salvation Army Band will then play as the Service and Civil contingents march off.
• The Parade will disperse at the side of the Repertory Theatre.
• Opportunity for Members of the public to lay wreaths.

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