Plans unveiled for 'a new style' Remembrance Sunday

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Plans have been confirmed for how Alderley Edge will mark Remembrance Day and honour our fallen this year, which will be different from previous years.

An outdoor Remembrance Service will be held at 3pm on Sunday 14th November which will last for around 20 minutes and take place in the Church gardens immediately behind the Cenotaph.

Councillor Mike Dudley-Jones explained "The service is a little different from previous years as there will be no marching or band. Nor will there be a road closure.

"Residents, families and those keen to take part in this Act of Remembrance will find the atmosphere inside the church gardens to be more intimate than in previous years where so many had to endure passing traffic as they watched from the pavements.

"The service will involve all the familiar parts of a traditional Remembrance Service with standards, wreath laying and the sounding of the Last Post followed by Reveille after the two minute silence in respect of our fallen.

"Children from our Community Primary School will play their part in the service and it hoped that as many residents and families as possible will join the Gathering in the church gardens. There is an opportunity within the service for individuals to lay their own wreaths or place crosses."

Refreshments will be served in the Union Club on Stevens Street immediately after the Service.

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Andy Brown
Saturday 6th November 2021 at 9:59 am
We will remember them.
Duncan Herald
Saturday 6th November 2021 at 10:27 pm
If it ain't broke, why fix it?
Mark Eden
Tuesday 9th November 2021 at 3:20 pm
Obsession with covid I suspect..........
Andy Brown
Sunday 14th November 2021 at 7:40 am
I'd been told the police weren't contacted in a timely manner that they could organise the road closures.
Mike Dudley-Jones
Sunday 14th November 2021 at 4:47 pm
I am very pleased to say that the new style Remembrance Service held today at 3pm in the Church Gardens was a great success. I am immensely grateful to Pauline Pitt and Steve Taggart who did so much to help us make this change.

It would appear that what we used to do was indeed ‘broke’ and it urgently needed ‘fixing’. We have fixed it - and we are pleased with the result. Those who attended today were very pleased with the format and the way that younger children were involved.

By the way, the police have not been involved with closing roads for events like this for over two years now. So Andy, I wonder who your source is?

Just saying.

The Parish Council donated the monies normally allocated to ‘closing the road’ to The Royal British Legion. I am sure the Village would approve of that.
Michael Taylorson
Sunday 14th November 2021 at 8:39 pm
I would also like to express my approval of the donation by AEPC on behalf of the Royal British Legion .
Robin Pye
Monday 15th November 2021 at 8:29 am
I'd like to thank everybody who was involved in organising the service and everybody who came along.

We were blessed with very fine weather for the time of year which certainly helped us.

I think it was the most moving Remembrance Service I have been involved with since I came to Alderley Edge. The highlight for me was hearing the primary school children reading out the long long list of names of men who never returned and Steve Taggart from the Royal British Legion reading a brief account of the life of one of their number.

Compared to other years I felt that we were more united as a community and I felt a greater sense of reconciliation and peace at the end of the service than I have ever felt before.

It is so important that Remembrance doesn't become some kind of political football. People have very deep emotions that they should be allowed to express, often there are very personal to them and our personal stories and the way we think about them are extremely varied. Finding a way for us all to express those emotions collectively is not easy but it is wonderful when we are able to do so.

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