Welwyn Hatfield honours fallen soldiers with services and parades

PUBLISHED: 16:22 29 October 2018 | UPDATED: 16:22 29 October 2018

Last year Remembrance Sunday service in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: WHBC.

Last year Remembrance Sunday service in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: WHBC.


A number of Remembrance Day services are taking place across the borough to honour the lives of fallen soldiers.

The mayor of Welwyn Hatfield, councillor Barbara Fitzsimon, deputy lieutenant Anthony Chapman and Welwyn Hatfield Council director Nick Lon, will be attending a service at the Howardsgate Memorial in WGC, on Sunday, November 11.

The service starts with a parade from The Campus to the town centre, with representatives from all of the services, ex-servicemen and women and youth organisations.

Organised by the Royal British Legion and the council, it will be accompanied by the WGC Town Band.

In Welwyn, there will be a parade from the car park in Ottway Walk, along London Road and High Street to the memorial where there will be a wreath laying ceremony followed by a short service of remembrance in St Mary’s Church.

There will also be a number of special events to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War, ‘Battle’s Over’, including a poppy trail starting at the War memorial in Hollybush Lane, Hatfield, ending at the war grave commemorating Reggie Wren, located at the churchyard at St Mary Magdalene Church.

The trail will comprise of 22 large poppies, each bearing the name of a fallen soldier in the centre – one for each of the 22 men named on the War Memorial who lost their lives during World War I.

Bagpipes will play at Campus West at 6am, and Bugler will play at 6.55pm, followed by the beacons being lit on the fifth floor of Campus West, and church bells ringing out in Welwyn Hatfield, all to mark the Battle’s Over.

All services start at approximately 10.50am, with the exception of the Hatfield Hyde service, which starts at 2.50pm.

At 12.30pm a service will also be held at the War Memorial in Harmer Green Lane, Welwyn, which will be attended by Welwyn parish councillors and members of Digswell Village Church.

Barbara Fitzsimon said: “It is important that we take time to remember all those in the armed forces to show them our support and gratitude on this special day.

“Please remember to wear your poppy to remember those that lost their lives for us to have the freedoms we enjoy today.”

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