Remembrance services across the town

144431d'Remembrance crosses ceremony in Alma Square'A youngster salutes the fallen'Picture by Neil Silk'02/11/14
144431d'Remembrance crosses ceremony in Alma Square'A youngster salutes the fallen'Picture by Neil Silk'02/11/14
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Scarborough will fall silent this weekend as people gather to remember our fallen heroes.

Remembrance services will be held across the town, with organisers also commemorating the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One.

This momentous anniversary will see a church service that will bring together many people, young and old, including those who not only parade and lay wreaths on the sea on Remembrance Day but also those that attend the remembrance service at the Oliver’s Mount memorial.

This joint service of remembrance will take place at Queen Street Methodist Church at the new time of 9am.

Led by Revs Martyn Dunning, Rosie Coles and Alan Courtney, there will be a parade of standards and wreaths with local cadet corps forming a uniformed guard of honour.

During the service the Scarborough Sea Cadets, under the direction of Jordan Hanlon, will perform a moving drum-head ceremony.

Organisers are hoping that many of the standards and wreaths that would normally appear just at the Oliver’s Mount memorial will be present at the service to be blessed and honoured.

The service will witness the reading of several poignant poems and verses - mostly written in recent times by local poets - and will experience the blessing of the standards and wreaths and a moving two-minute silence during which time poppies fall from above.

The Last Post and Reveille will be played by Steve Hague and the standards will bow in salute.

The mayor, Councillor Pat Marsburg, will read the poem Look for Me by local poet Tom Ward. The Kohemi epitaph will be read by a sea cadet and the exhortation by Peter Parkinson, who chairs the Royal British Legion.

Tom Ward will read one of his poems, A Soldier’s Life, with music in the background.

At the end of the service those attending the Oliver’s Mount memorial will either travel independently or be able to join buses at 9.50am outside the church provided by Jack and Tom Stephenson.

The traditional provision of a bus by Jack outside the railway station at 10.50am will still be available for those who do not attend the church service.

At Oliver’s Mount, a service by Rev Martyn Dunning will start at 10.40am and there will be an opportunity to lay wreaths and observe two minutes’ silence. Free buses will return to the station at 11.15am.

For those not wishing to attend the Oliver’s Mount service, but intending to join the lifeboat house service, the church is opening its café facilities as there will be a little time before parading to the sea front.

At 10.30am the standards and wreaths will be paraded by veterans, military personnel and youth organisations to the lifeboat house.

This year the event will feature the Corps of Drums from Scarborough Sea Cadets to lead the parade in rousing fashion.

At the lifeboat house, starting at 10.40am, a further act of remembrance will be led by Rev Rosie Coles and Alan Courtney before the two-minute silence at 11am.

During this part of the service deputy mayor Joe Plant will read another poem by Tom Ward, Poppies on the Sea. Steve Hague will again play the Last Post and Reveille.

Organisers no longer have the traditional maroons to alert the town to the start and finish of the silence. Two fireworks will be used instead.

The deputy mayor will be invited to join with those laying wreaths on the sea in a boat organised by Dave Horsley and final blessing.

A remembrance will also be held at St Oswald’s Church in Filey at 9.30am, and will be conducted by Rev Andrew Allington, with a service at the war memorial afterwards.

On Sunday at 10am, David Read, headteacher of Scalby School, will be speaking at the Remembrance Service at St Laurence’s Church about the very recent visit made to the World War One battlefields by students and staff. After the two minutes’ silence at the memorial, wreaths and crosses will be laid by representatives of the parish council and Scalby School and by children who attend the church.

Plus there will be a short service at Alma Square in Scarborough on Tuesday from 10.50am, with two minutes’ silence at 11am.

This service will be conducted by Royal British Legion branch padre Father Alan Campbell-Wilson.