Remembrance services across Scarborough

Remembrance service, Alma Parade
Remembrance service, Alma Parade

Remembrance services will be taking place across Scarborough this weekend to honour our fallen heroes.

Last weekend, a special cross-planting service - which is unique to Scarborough - was held at Alma Square.

Crosses are planted in memory of groups or individuals and are left in place for a month.

The service was followed by a parade through the town centre led by the Band of the Yorkshire Regiment Volunteers.

Remembrance services will then be held on Sunday, both in Queen Street Methodist Hall and the Old Town and at Oliver’s Mount.

Scores of people are expected to gather at Oliver’s Mount for this year’s Remembrance Day service on Sunday at 10.40am.

There will be a free bus from Scarborough Railway Station leaving at 10.15am and returning after the ceremony, which normally finishes at around 11.20am.

People are welcome at the British Legion afterwards.

And in the Old Town, services will remember the life of Bob Swalwell, a Royal Navy veteran of World War II, who died on September 9, aged 88.

Rev Pam Jennings and Rev Rosie Coles will lead services at Queen Street Methodist Church and the lifeboat house.

The church service, commencing at 9.30am, will feature a parade and blessing of standards and wreaths; a uniformed guard of honour by the cadet corps; a drum-head ceremony by sea cadets, under the direction of petty officer Jordan Hanlon; and a two-minute silence, during which poppy petals will fall on the congregation from above.

At 10.25am, the standards and wreaths will be paraded down Eastborough to the seafront, accompanied by veterans, military personnel and youth organisations.

The lifeboat house service will start at 10.40am and conclude at 11am with another two-minute silence.

On Monday November 11, people are invited to Alma Square to observe a two-minute silence at 11am. A short service will start at 10.45am.