Remembrance Day at Queen Square

Published on: 28 Oct 2016

BRISTOL’S main war memorial, the Cenotaph, will not form part of this year’s Remembrance Sunday service due to building work at the city centre.

An earlier agreement had been reached to hold the November 13 event outside the Memorial Gates of Bristol Rovers’ Memorial Stadium. 

But following talks between the club, Bristol City Council and representatives of the Armed Forces, a decision has been made to opt for Queen Square.

The service, to be held at 11Councillor Jeff Lovell, Lord Mayor of Bristol, said: “Due to the ongoing redevelopment of the area around the Cenotaph we’ve known for some time that another venue was needed for this year’s act of remembrance. 

“A number of alternative options have been suggested and I was delighted to hear that the football club were supportive of holding the service outside the Memorial Gates, a focal point of local remembrance. I’d like to thank the club for that offer.
“After much discussion between the council, the club and the Armed Forces, it has been decided that Queen Square would be used for this year’s act of remembrance. This means that the parade and service will continue its association with the city centre following almost exactly the same route and itinerary as previous events.”

Bristol Rovers chairman, Steve Hamer, said; “We were happy to offer the use of the Memorial Stadium for the Remembrance Sunday service and parade.  We understand though that an alternative venue has now been selected and we hope the day is successful and we will be only too happy to help the city council out if they require our services at any point.”

 

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