Exmouth gears up for Strand Garden Remembrance parade

PUBLISHED: 16:30 27 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:54 10 June 2010

POPPIES are already proudly on display through Exmouth in honour of those who selflessly gave their lives in combat.

POPPIES are already proudly on display through Exmouth in honour of those who selflessly gave their lives in combat.

On Sunday November 9 the town will come together to remember those who fought for their country - some never to return to their loved-ones.

Exmouth's Remembrance Sunday parade will this year be held entirely at the Strand Garden war memorial.

This year, instead of the parade marching to All Saints Church, a short service will be held at the memorial after the wreaths are laid.

This year some 150 wreaths are expected to be placed at the foot of the war memorial.

Many are to be laid by local youngsters, as well as the chairman of the district council, Councillor Peter Diviani, Exmouth mayor Joy Whipps, East Devon MP Hugo Swire, and representatives of the armed forces, cadet forces, auxiliary services and many of the town's clubs and organisations.

Wreaths in memory of Trooper Jack Sadler, the son of Exmouth businessman Ian Sadler, who was killed in action in Afghanistan on December 4 2007, will be laid by his family and friends, Exeter School and his regiment the Honourable Artillery Company.

Brian Parker, Remembrance parade coordinator, said: "In response to popular demand the entire ceremony will be held at the war memorial and we will not be marching to All Saints Church."

A further short act of remembrance will take place at the Strand Garden war memorial on Tuesday November 11 at 11am.

Exmouth Remembrance parade programme of events:

* 10.30am: The band, standard bearers and marchers assemble in Manor Gardens.

* 10.45am: The parade marches from Manor Gardens to The Strand.

* 11am: The buglars to sound Last Post immediately after explosion of first rocket, all standards dip and two-minute silence begins.

* After explosion of second rocket, the buglars sound the Reveille and the wreath laying commences.

* 11.15am approx: Service of Remembrance

* 11.40am approx: The parade will march around the Strand Gardens and returns to Manor Gardens.

* In wet weather a shorter programme will be followed.

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